tie·​break·​er | \ ˈtī-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce tiebreaker (audio) \

Definition of tiebreaker

: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition ends in a tie

Examples of tiebreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shah had to retire in the match due to cramping, losing a 7-6 (4) tiebreaker. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2021 Deatherage dropped a tiebreaker, 7 points to 5, in the first set and lost 7-6, 6-2 against the eventual Class 1A state runner-up. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, 1 June 2021 South Alabama also has the head-to-head tiebreaker on UT, which leads the West Division with a 12-9 record. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 17 May 2021 There's also a tiebreaker, which asks you to select the winner for best live-action short film. Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2021 With matching 9-5 records, Miami’s tiebreaker — a superior conference winning percentage (. 600 over .545) — is keeping the Ravens out of the playoff field. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 23 Dec. 2020 But there are a large number of potential scenarios still in play -- including a three-way tiebreaker not unlike the 2019 season -- that are detailed in the rooting guide below. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, 18 Dec. 2020 Championship game inclusion could be an important factor, or at least a tiebreaker, in Ohio State’s bid for the College Football Playoff. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2020 But a 25-shot rally in the final tiebreaker epitomized Zverev’s hang-in-there attitude. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of tiebreaker

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiebreaker was circa 1932

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“Tiebreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiebreaker. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tiebreaker

: something (such as an extra period of play or an extra question) that is used to decide a winner when a game, contest, etc., has ended with a tied score

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