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

Despite the shooting and impressive numbers, Wagner is pretty limited offensively, using a predictable skill set and infrequently getting to the foul line. Julia Poe,, "Lakers Select Moritz Wagner with No. 25 pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 After Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman missed a driving layup that would've tied the game with 3.9 seconds to play, the Wolverines sent Devin Davis to the foul line down a pair. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "NCAA tournament: Jordan Poole's 3 at buzzer lifts Michigan past Houston," 18 Mar. 2018 Also for aim, at 15 feet past the foul line, seven arrows show the path of your ball. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Become an Excellent Bowler? Here's Everything You Need to Know.," 27 Nov. 2018 Over his last four games, Love is averaging 23 points and 10.3 boards and is shooting .900 from the foul line in the 2018 playoffs. ... Joe Vardon,, "Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, Eastern Conference finals Game 2 preview and listings," 15 May 2018 Media: Sports Illustrated Alex Bregman skied a popup — the Astros' eighth flyout of the night — along the foul line in right field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle to get offense going in loss to Angels," 15 May 2018 And then the ball went off Bryce Harper’s glove, bounced to the clay at the base of the wall in front of the Nationals bullpen, caromed off Harper’s foot and bounced to where the foul line meets the foul pole. Kevin Acee,, "Ross' arm, Villanueva's bat, Harper's drop help Padres to win over Nationals," 23 May 2018 Late in Game 2 Tuesday night against the Warriors, Rondo messed with Draymond Green at the foul line by grabbing the rebound after Green’s first shot, then wiping his sweat all over the ball before handing it back to the official. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Rajon Rondo resorts to gross tactic to mess with Draymond Green," 2 May 2018 The average major league field contains 90,000 square feet between the foul lines. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, Corey Seager... There's a lot to talk about," 20 Apr. 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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