jump shot


: a shot in basketball made by jumping into the air and releasing the ball with one or both hands at the peak of the jump

Examples of jump shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was Harden going against Morey, the executive who had aided his rise to superstardom a decade earlier by trading for the Oklahoma City sixth man and orienting Houston’s franchise around his every wish and jump shot. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Anna Foley, Andover — The 6-foot-3-inch Super Team center is a matchup nightmare with her shot blocking, passing, and budding jump shot. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Feb. 2023 The Honey Badgers tied the score at 19 on guard Kohen Hill's 3-pointer and jump shot with 6:28 left in the third quarter. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Feb. 2023 May, whose 2022-23 squad finished a program-best 35-4, was one buzzer-beating jump shot from his team beating San Diego State on April 1 and playing eventual national champion UConn in the title game. Steve Svekis, Sun Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2023 There surely cannot be another 40-foot jump shot waiting to defeat them as in 2021. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2023 As a freshman with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Michael Jordan hit the game-winning jump shot in the victory over the Georgetown Hoyas to win the 1982 national championship. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2023 The Blazers lost 100-99 when Houston forward Jabari Smith hit a jump shot as time expired on a play that began with .6 seconds on the clock. Afentres, oregonlive, 7 July 2023 A lot of it is simply using his legs more in his jump shot and relying less on his arms to do all the work. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jump shot was in 1948

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“Jump shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20shot. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

jump shot

: a basketball shot made while jumping
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