Definition of Football

1. Noun. Any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal.

2. Noun. The inflated oblong ball used in playing American football.
Generic synonyms: Ball
Terms within: Bladder
Derivative terms: Footballer

Definition of Football

1. n. An inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather.

Definition of Football

1. Noun. (context: chiefly UK uncountable) association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in the US ¹

2. Noun. (US uncountable) American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory. ¹

3. Noun. (Canada uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory. ¹

4. Noun. (Australia Victoria South Australia Western Australia Tasmania Northern Territory uncountable) Australian rules football. ¹

5. Noun. (context: Ireland uncountable) Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball. ¹

6. Noun. (Australia New South Wales Queensland uncountable) rugby league. ¹

7. Noun. (Australia Ireland New Zealand) rugby union ¹

8. Noun. The ball used in any game called "football". ¹

9. Noun. Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them. ¹

10. Noun. (context: figuratively countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner ¹

11. Noun. (slang countable) The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President. ¹

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Definition of Football

1. a type of ball [n -S]

Medical Definition of Football

1. A competitive team sport played on a rectangular field. This is the american or canadian version of the game and also includes the form known as rugby. It does not include non-north american football (= soccer). (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Football

foot rule
foot soldier
foot soldiers
foot sweep
foot sweeps
foot traffic
foot trap
foot traps
foot ulcer
foot up
foot yaws
football (current term)
football calf
football coach
football field
football fields
football game
football helmet
football hero
football league
football minute
football minutes
football official
football play
football player

Literary usage of Football

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sport: Attempt at a Bibliography of Books and Periodicals Published During C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1914)
"Association football: Ihe science Joet I1. II.. football Tor player and spectator, ... 10s 6ri. neb 133D Men fanions In football, and footballers almanack. ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Effects of football reform at Columbia. R. of Rs. 40: 730. D. '09. English football. ... football; a sport for gentlemen and a moral agent. Educ. ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1903)
"THE PSYCHOLOGY OF football. By Professor GTW PATRICK, University of Iowa. The ethics of football is a well worn theme; not so its psychology. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"In the time of Charles II. football was popular at Cambridge, particularly at Magdalene College, as is evidenced by the following extract from the register ..."

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