linebacker

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noun line·back·er \ˈlīn-ˌba-kər\

Definition of linebacker

  1. :  a defensive football player who lines up immediately behind the line of scrimmage to make tackles on running plays through the line or defend against short passes

1949

First Known Use of linebacker

1949


LINEBACKER Defined for English Language Learners

linebacker

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noun line·back·er \ˈlīn-ˌba-kər\

Definition of linebacker for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player on the defending team whose usual position is a short distance in back of the line of scrimmage


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