three-point line

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In his two previous starts in place of Antetokounmpo, Portis was just 9 for 22 from the field (40.9%), including 1 for 5 from behind the three-point line. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2023 There was no three-point line in Kentwood in 1969, but if there had been, Jamie Spears would have sunk untold numbers of three-pointers. Kerry Howley, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2022 The rest of the Nets combined to go 15 for 42 (35.7%) for 39 points, including 2 for 20 from behind the three-point line and 3 for 8 from the charity stripe. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Dec. 2022 Georgia State is 2-6 from the field and 0-2 from behind the three-point line. al, 14 Dec. 2022 Green did it in just 10 minutes of action, going 4 for 8 from the floor, including 3 for 5 from behind the three-point line. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 5 Dec. 2022 The Knicks were just 6-for-30 from the behind the three-point line. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2022 Jasper finished the evening with eight points on 3-5 shooting and 2-3 from behind the three-point line. al, 15 Nov. 2022 Lamar shot 32% in the second half and finished just 3 of 12 behind the three-point line. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-point line was in 1977

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“Three-point line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-point%20line. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

three-point line

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