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 The Astros finally had a runner touch home plate, but the run was nullified after an instant replay review to keep the shutout intact. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Yankees Won Game 1 of the A.L.C.S.," 12 Oct. 2019 This is MLB’s reward for creating an instant replay challenge system, essentially on the fly. Dallas News, "‘It’s been a pretty crazy week’: MLB needs to fix the latest bugs in the system. Here are some common-sense suggestions.," 17 Jan. 2020 And there’s something amusing about how this Astros skulduggery can be traced to the growth of instant replay, an insidious development that is ruining game flow in every single sport. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bang! Bang! You’re Suspended! Trashy Scandal Has Baseball Over a Barrel," 15 Jan. 2020 But Payton is forgetting that Riveron already has help — he is joined in the command center every Sunday by Russell Yurk, the vice president of instant replay and administration who consults with Riverson on every call., "Garrett isn’t the only coach with a lot to prove over the final month of the season. Now that the calendar has flipped to December, several jobs across the league are on the line.," 1 Dec. 2019 The 49ers embraced instant replay on one second-quarter play. Ron Kroichick,, "49ers’ Garoppolo spreads ball around, SF takes 14-10 halftime lead on Vikings," 11 Jan. 2020 But Al Riveron, who has additional responsibilities as the person in charge of all instant replay decisions, is not believed to participate in the grading process now., "“I didn’t feel it was up to the standards that are necessary to work in the National Football League,” said Jim Daopoulos, formerly the NFL’s supervisor of officials.," 9 Dec. 2019 Entering the weekend, there have been 37 games through the first four weeks which have used instant replay. Mark Heim |, al, "Alabama-Ole Miss: Here’s why Jaylen Waddle’s muff wasn’t a touchdown for Rebels," 28 Sep. 2019 If the Coach’s Challenge requested by Houston had been properly granted, instant replay would have shown that Harden’s dunk was a successful field goal. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "NBA denies Rockets' protest of loss to Spurs," 9 Dec. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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