three-point line


Definition of three-point line

: a line on a basketball court forming an arc at a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket beyond which a field goal counts for three points

Examples of three-point line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent opponents have done a better job crowding Walton or running him off the three-point line. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2021 Games are 10 minutes long: the team that grabs a rebound dribbles or passes out to the three-point line, then goes on the offensive attack. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 28 July 2021 During the regular season, Forbes played in 70 games (10 starts) and averaged 10.0 points per game while shooting 47.3% from the field and 45.2% from behind the three-point line. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2021 When the Clippers tried different tactics, often sending a second defender, the ball either found Ayton by the rim or an open shooter behind the three-point line. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 The Blazers had to go the length of the court and McCollum got off a runner beyond the three-point line that missed. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 To that juncture, Middleton had made just one of his seven attempts from beyond the three-point line. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2021 It’s not a coincidence the Bucks lost those games when Middleton shot 34% from the floor, 21% from behind the three-point line and 82.3% from the free-throw line. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2021 Junior Taylor Smith was excellent from behind the three-point line. oregonlive, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of three-point line

1977, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2021

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“Three-point line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of three-point line

: a curved line on a basketball court that is a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket and beyond which successful shots count for three points


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