yard line


Definition of yard line

: any of a series of marked or imaginary lines one yard apart on a football field that are parallel to the goal lines and that indicate the distance to the nearest goal line

Examples of yard line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matched against the No. 2 defense, Justin Herbert led the Chargers’ starting offense inside the five-yard line with four seconds remaining. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 With less than two minutes to go, the Vikings started with the ball on the five-yard line and marched down the field to get into field goal range. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 12 Sep. 2021 On New England’s subsequent drive, which started from its five-yard line, Brady drove 72 yards to set up the game-clinching field goal. Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2022 Those Starks sacks forced the Blue Aces to punt from their nine-yard line with less than eight minutes left in the game. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 27 Nov. 2021 On first and goal at the Browns’ three-yard line with 1:38 remaining, Justin Herbert handed the ball to Ekeler. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 The host team first recovered a fumble at the Williams Field nine yard line, which set up junior running back Kavaugn Clark’s touchdown. The Arizona Republic, 9 Oct. 2021 After a seven-yard pass to Lance Lenoir Jr., Patterson found Devin Ross for a gain of 18, setting up one final play from the Generals' 16 yard line. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 The Coyotes tied the game right before halftime with a rushing touchdown from the 42 yard line from running back, Jacob Holguin. Madison Thacker, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yard line.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of yard line

1898, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About yard line

Time Traveler for yard line

Time Traveler

The first known use of yard line was in 1898

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near yard line

yard limit

yard line

yard-long bean

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for yard line

Last Updated

10 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Yard line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yard%20line. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!