field goal

noun
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

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

  1. He kicked a 20-yard field goal.

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First Known Use of field goal

1883

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FIELD GOAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of field goal for English Language Learners

  • American football : a score of three points made by kicking the ball between the goalposts


FIELD GOAL Defined for Kids

field goal

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Definition of field goal for Students

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

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