shot clock


: a clock in basketball that displays a countdown of the time within which shooting the ball is required

Examples of shot clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The football league, founded by the World Wrestling Federation and jointly owned by NBC, was a TV ratings disappointment. 2002 — Boston and Detroit play the lowest-scoring game in the NBA playoffs since the shot clock was introduced in the 1954-55 season. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 As the shot clock trickled down on Denver’s opening possession, Murray tried to dance around Edwards but couldn’t break loose. Ryan McFadden, The Denver Post, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shot clock 

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shot clock was in 1967

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“Shot clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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