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 Other than for a Targeting review, the crew on the field may not initiate an instant replay review. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 27 July 2023 These days instant replay would answer the questions surrounding the play. Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2022 The Eagles drove 66 yards in 11 plays to draw first blood in the game, keyed by a fantastic 29-yard catch by DeVonta Smith on 4th and 3 from Niners' 35 -- a catch that instant replay likely would have overturned because the ball hit the ground before Smith completed the catch. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2023 There was no television instant replay: Major League Baseball did not begin using the technology until 2008. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 14 May 2023 Another effort is on the docket to expand instant replay, proposed by the Los Angeles Rams to allow roughing-the-passer as a reviewable play. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2023 In the area of technology, teams will have the optional use of instant replay in games that do not have an instant replay booth official. Mark Heim |, al, 22 Apr. 2023 Betts, who moved from second base to the outfield to start the ninth, charged, fielded the ball cleanly and fired a laser to the plate to nail Marte, a call that was upheld by instant replay. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2023 His office offered two pieces of comparative data: — The number of instant replay stoppages nationally ranged from 2.2 to 3.1 per game (by conference). oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instant replay was in 1966

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“Instant replay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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