nonplay

noun non·play \ ˌnän-ˈplā \

Definition of nonplay

plural nonplays
1 : activity that is not play (see 1play 3a) often used before another noun
  • a nonplay area/situation
2 : a play or possible play in a game (see 1play 1d) that is not attempted, does not count, etc.
  • … they made three errors, a couple of misplays and one very costly nonplay: shortstop Erick Aybar allowing Hideki Matsui's inning-ending popup to drop …
  • —Marc Topkin
  • In a cold rain, down by two, Lindell had already made the 51-yarder—but it was ruled a nonplay because, just before the snap, Gibbs called timeout.
  • —Marcus Hayes

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First Known Use of nonplay

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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