foul line


Definition of foul line

1 : either of two straight lines extending from the rear corner of home plate through the outer corners of first and third base respectively and prolonged to the boundary of a baseball field
2 : a line across a bowling alley that a player must not step over when delivering the ball
3 : either of two lines on a basketball court parallel to and 15 feet from the backboards behind which a player must stand while shooting a free throw

Examples of foul line in a Sentence

The ball landed just inside the right-field foul line.

Recent Examples on the Web

Mountain Brook’s Colby Jones scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the first half and the North was 8-for-8 at the foul line in the first half to keep the game close. Dennis Victory, al, "5 players score double-figures as South downs North in Sports Week boys basketball," 16 July 2019 Neither was great at the foul line, both were spotty shooters. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball a Big Ten contender with Charles Matthews' return," 30 May 2018 Just before Temple tipoffs, Rollerson would crouch at the foul line, holding a basketball, and his teammates would surround him as final pregame thoughts were spoken. Mike Jensen,, "Former Temple big man Ron Rollerson, having lost a leg, finds a new sport," 24 May 2018 There was no need to get to the foul line, evidently, because Villanova was so busy raining threes. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Villanova's shooting display in Final Four is a lesson for everyone," 1 Apr. 2018 The Seawolves were 11 of 17 at the foul line, including 3 of 11 in the second half. Anchorage Daily News, "UAA men’s basketball team loses 2nd straight overtime game," 14 Jan. 2018 His shot was inconsistent from beyond the arc and at the foul line, but the athletic upside is apparent. Ira Winderman,, "NBA draft preview: Time for Heat to upsize at small forward?," 16 June 2019 Cook is something of a G League legend, the only player in the history of that minor league who is in the 50-40-90 Club — 50% shooting from the field, 40% on threes and 90% at the foul line. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors turn to G League grads to plug holes," 4 June 2019 That was quick thinking by Lopez to throw the ball toward the foul line, where someone could have grabbed the dog. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Quick-thinking Royals minor-leaguer catches runaway dog at Bark at the Park," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of foul line

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of foul line

baseball : either one of two straight lines that go from home plate through first and third base on to the edge of the outfield
basketball : a line from which a player shoots free throws

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Kids Definition of foul line

: either of two straight lines running from the rear corner of home plate through first and third base to the boundary of a baseball field

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