Definition of football
1 : any of several games played between two teams on a usually rectangular field having goalposts or goals at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line, into a goal, or between goalposts by running, passing, or kicking: such asa British : soccerb British : rugbyc : an American game played between two teams of 11 players each in which the ball is in possession of one side at a time and is advanced by running or passingd Australia : australian rules footballe Canada : canadian football
2a : an inflated oval ball used in the game of footballb British : a soccer ball
3 : something treated roughly especially as the subject of a prolonged dispute the issue became a political football in Congress
footballerplay \ˈfu̇t-ˌbȯ-lər\ noun
Examples of football in a Sentence
He played a lot of football in high school and college.
Recent Examples of football from the Web
In her son’s bedroom, paintings of Mormon temples adorn the walls and a Los Angeles Chargers football helmet sits on a bookshelf.
This season marks the 50th of football for the Cincinnati Bengals, five decades filled with highs, lows, dynamic personalities and innovations that changed the face of the National Football League.
Some places use crackers, which aren’t as good as the white bread used for pimento cheese sandwiches before your favorite team’s football game.
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The San Diego County Football Officials Association has openings for new officials for the upcoming youth and high school football seasons.
The Gators (52-19) swept the College World Series final and become the sixth Division I school to hoist the ultimate trophy in baseball, football, and men’s basketball.
FIFA stressed last week that all decisions proved ultimately correct, and the controversies were simply inevitable overreactions as world football gets used to a new system being put to its highest-profile tests.
For instance, the typically stable Chiefs also made waves this offseason when Dorsey released director of football administration Trip MacCracken and director of pro scouting Will Lewis.
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Did You Know?
The game of US football evolved in the 19th century as a combination of rugby and soccer. The first intercollegiate match was played in 1869 between Princeton University and Rutgers College. In 1873, the first collegiate rules were standardized and the Ivy League was formed. Collegiate football grew into one of the most popular American sports. Professional football began in the 1890s, but did not become a major sport until after World War II. The National Football League (NFL) was formed (from an earlier association) in 1922; in 1966 it subsumed the rival American Football League (created in 1959). The NFL is now divided into an American and a National conference; the conference winners compete for the Super Bowl championship. A Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio.
First Known Use of football
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Definition of football for Students
1 : a game played with an oval ball on a large field by two teams of eleven players that move the ball by kicking, passing, or running with it
2 : the ball used in football
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