line·​back·​ing ˈlīn-ˌba-kiŋ How to pronounce linebacking (audio)
: the action or art of playing linebacker

Examples of linebacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Danny Niu, Serra, 6-2, 210, senior WCAL linebacker of the year was the third part of Serra’s all-time great linebacking unit. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2024 He was drafted by the Panthers in 2001 and played in Carolina for seven seasons as a fixture in the team’s linebacking corps. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 Key players are also banged up in the linebacking group and defensive line. Matt Cohen |, al, 21 Aug. 2023 One sign of optimism: Leading tacklers Cedric Gray and Power Echols will anchor the linebacking group. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 If Leonard is able to come back from his injury and get back to his turnover-producing ways, the linebacking corps should be one of the strengths of the team. The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2023 The California transfer joins what should be the best linebacking corps Kelly has enjoyed since his arrival. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2023 Oregon’s linebacking corps is going through a massive overhaul this offseason. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2023 The son of the former Steelers linebacking star of the same name, Porter Jr. is a big (6-3, 193) corner who could plug in nicely for a team that could use quality depth beyond what Kendall Fuller provides. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linebacking was in 1953

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“Linebacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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