field goal


: a score of three points in football made by drop-kicking or placekicking the ball over the crossbar from ordinary play
: 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 Usage rate is defined by the percentage of offensive possessions that a player ends with a field goal attempt, free throws or a turnover while on the floor. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 Keeping the metaphor going, the field goal barely made it over the crossbar. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2024 With 1:57 left in regulation, coach Kyle Shanahan put his trust in Moody to attempt a 53-yard field goal on fourth-and-5 in a tie game. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 Boston’s 148 points and 62 field goals are NBA Finals records. 1990 — Arie Luyendyk wins the fastest Indianapolis 500 by overpowering former winner Bobby Rahal over the final 33 laps, for his first Indy car victory in 76 races. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for field goal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of field goal was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Field goal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

field goal

: a score of three points in football made by kicking the ball over the crossbar during ordinary play

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