zone defense

noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of zone defense

: a system of defense (as in basketball or football) in which each player guards an assigned area rather than a specified opponent

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First Known Use of zone defense

1927

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ZONE DEFENSE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of zone defense for English Language Learners

  • sports : a way of playing defense in football, basketball, etc., by having each player on a team guard a certain area of the field or court


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