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 The Lakers did a lot of complaining after Game 5 about two calls that favored Butler, sending him to the foul line, in the waning moments. Bruce Jenkins,, "Dull-looking NBA Finals now approaching a classic," 10 Oct. 2020 The Heat outshot the Lakers from the field, on 3-pointers and from the foul line. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Heat don't want your pity down 0-2 and facing long odds against Lakers in NBA Finals," 3 Oct. 2020 Davis was 10 for 10 from the foul line, plus added nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Lakers, LeBron roll in Game 1 of finals, top Heat 116-98," 30 Sep. 2020 Dozier was 1 for 5 from the foul line in the fourth quarter., "Davis hits 3 at buzzer, Lakers edge Nuggets for 2-0 lead," 20 Sep. 2020 Marcus Smart scored 20 points for Boston, going 9 for 9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter., "Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1," 19 Sep. 2020 Tyler Naquin then drilled a line drive just inside the foul line in the left-field corner, breaking the tie, and Cleveland added two runs from there. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Sloppy eighth inning costs Twins in 6-3 loss to Cleveland," 27 Aug. 2020 Perhaps even more concerning was Avdija’s 55.6% clip from the foul line. Connor Letourneau,, "Deni Avdija’s skill set has drawn Warriors’ attention for a couple years," 18 Sep. 2020 Both teams are shooting 36% from 3-point range in the bubble, both shooting 46% from the field in the bubble, Miami is shooting 82% from the foul line while Boston is at 80%. Mark Heim |, al, "Celtics vs. Heat live stream (9/15): How to watch NBA playoffs online, TV, time," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of foul line

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2020

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“Foul line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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