instant replay


Definition of instant replay

: a video recording of an action (such as a play in football) that can be played back (as in slow motion) immediately after the action has been completed also : the playing of such a recording

Examples of instant replay in a Sentence

They showed the winning goal again in an instant replay. We watched the goal again on instant replay.

Recent Examples on the Web

But as instant replay clearly showed, Stephenson earned a personal foul for forcing Green to the floor on a play that looked more like a wrestling move than a basketball play. Rob Tornoe,, "Ending to Cavaliers-Pacers game confused TNT analysts Chris Webber and Kenny Smith," 23 Apr. 2018 Until moving downtown in the early ‘80s, the team resided at Capital Centre in Landover, Md., a 17,962-seat arena that boasted a full-color video board capable of showing instant replay. Alex Prewitt,, "Original Capitals Owner Irene Pollin Enjoying Team's Run in Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018 The new catch rule also says that slight movement of the football while in the receiver's hands detectable on instant replay does not result in an incompletion, provided that the receiver maintains control of the football. Mark Maske,, "NFL owners unanimously approve new catch rule, hoping to end a decade of confusion," 27 Mar. 2018 Capable of variable content zoning, the new main video displays allow each to show one large image or multiple different zones of content including live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Renovated Fifth Third Arena to feature new video boards," 15 June 2018 Brawl game: The adoption of instant replay has rendered the classic manager tantrum extinct. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Angels are clobbering the competition. The Reds, not so much," 14 Apr. 2018 Yost has been a supporter of instant replay since its significant expansion in 2014. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Royals manager Ned Yost would like to see MLB expand instant replay," 13 June 2018 But Indians reliever Andrew Miller escaped the jam, with the help of instant replay, and the Indians went on to a 1-0 victory to sweep the series. Paul Sullivan,, "Life isn't easy for Cubs at top of baseball's food chain," 23 May 2018 On Tuesday, Triplette spoke with The MMQB about his officiating career, instant replay, protests during the national anthem, his accent and more. Jonathan Jones,, "A Final Call from Jeff Triplette," 29 Mar. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of instant replay

US : a recording of an action in a sports event that can be shown on television immediately after the original play happens

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