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

Examples of three-point line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other clips shared on Kardashian's Instagram Stories show her son tossing up a few other successful attempts from the three-point line throughout the game. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 Yet defensively is where Davis’ loss was truly felt, as the Lakers had to sag toward the middle to compensate for his gaping absence, thus leaving the Warriors free to essentially play the game from the three-point line. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 What the stats say:Is Caitlin Clark or Paige Bueckers college basketball's best player? Anyone who has watched Clark play this season can be easily impressed by her shots from several feet behind the three-point line or her long, precise passes to other Hawkeyes racing down the court for layups. Caitlin Clark, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 The Owls went 4 of 8 from the three-point line in the first half, slicing up the Head-Royce zone. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for three-point line 

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 15 Jun. 2024.

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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