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 Two of them relate to giving the officiating crew extra help from the instant replay booth., "Use of ‘sky judge’ and changes to overtime period among NFL rules proposals," 1 Apr. 2021 He’d be jeered across America louder than umpires before instant replay. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom’s State of the State address felt like a campaign kickoff to sink the recall effort," 11 Mar. 2021 Devin Vassell got air on a dunk, then produced an instant replay. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Spurs 109, Pistons 99," 15 Mar. 2021 The human element is part of the game, but most agree instant replay has improved baseball, albeit while making games longer. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Robot umpires might be coming soon to a ballpark near you. It was only a matter of time.," 13 Mar. 2021 When Alabama defensive back Jordan Battle smashed into Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert, who was unprotected over the middle, instant replay was just that – instant. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How did ESPN do with its Ohio State-Alabama National Championship coverage?," 12 Jan. 2021 One of the ongoing misconceptions about instant replay is that only scoring plays are reviewed. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference officiating under the microscope," 2 Dec. 2020 Maradona clearly used his hand to punch in the first, but because there was no instant replay the score stood. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Remembering Diego Maradona," 1 Dec. 2020 Toledo posted a school-record 20-game winning streak from 1997-98, the Bruins one disputed Brad Melsby fumble in the pre-instant replay era away from playing in the first Bowl Championship Series title game. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA coaches have found matching Terry Donahue’s success an elusive goal," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of instant replay

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Instant replay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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