field goal


Definition of field goal

1 : a score of three points in football made by drop-kicking or placekicking the ball over the crossbar from ordinary play
2 : a goal in basketball made while the ball is in play

Examples of field goal in a Sentence

He kicked a 20-yard field goal.
Recent Examples on the Web Ryland once again connected, this time from 52 yards, for his 23rd straight field goal to give Maryland a 13-10 lead with 13:15 left in the half. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 24 Sep. 2022 His second successful field goal of the night came with 6:27 left in the game to cut the Highland lead to one score when a Brophy Prep drive stalled out at the 10 yard line. Azcentral Sports, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2022 The Lake Mary product made his first career field goal from 41 yards with 12:10 left in the second quarter. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 Kicker Joseph Bulovas made it 38-28 with his 35-yard field goal early in the fourth. Jack Mccarthy, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 The other competitor now in the Colts locker room is still looking for his first field goal of any kind in the NFL. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Sep. 2022 Atlanta was still in good shape when Younghoe Koo booted his fourth field goal with 12:41 remaining to push the lead to 26-10. Paul Newberry, ajc, 12 Sep. 2022 But Steelers kicker Chris Boswell did make his game-winning, 53-yard field goal after doinking a 55-yard attempt earlier in OT. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2022 His 36-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in the second quarter increased the lead to 6-0. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of field goal

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2022

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“Field goal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of field goal

: a score in football made by kicking the ball between the goalposts

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