foul line

noun

Definition of foul line

  1. 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. 2 :  a line across a bowling alley that a player must not step over when delivering the ball

  3. 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

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

First Known Use of foul line

1870


FOUL LINE Defined for English Language Learners

foul line

noun

Definition of foul line for English Language Learners

  • 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


FOUL LINE Defined for Kids

foul line

noun

Definition of foul line for Students

  1. :  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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