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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 foot•ball /ˈfʊtˌbɔl/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Sport[uncountable] a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field.
- Sport[countable] the ball used in this game, an inflated oval in a casing usually made of leather.
- Sport[uncountable][Chiefly Brit.]Rugby (def. 2).
- Sport[uncountable][Chiefly Brit.]soccer.
(fŏŏt′bôl′),USA pronunciation n.
- Sporta game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent's goal line and by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent's goal posts. Cf. conversion (def. 13), field goal (def. 1), safety (def. 6), touchdown.
- Sportthe ball used in this game, an inflated oval with a bladder contained in a casing usually made of leather.
- Sport[Chiefly Brit.]Rugby (def. 3).
- Sport[Chiefly Brit.]soccer.
- something sold at a reduced or special price.
- any person or thing treated roughly or tossed about:They're making a political football of this issue.
- Military, Government(cap.) [U.S. Govt.]Slang. a briefcase containing the codes and options the president would use to launch a nuclear attack, carried by a military aide and kept available to the president at all times.
- Informal Termsto offer for sale at a reduced or special price.
- Middle English fut ball. See foot, ball1 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
football /ˈfʊtˌbɔːl/ n
- any of various games played with a round or oval ball and usually based on two teams competing to kick, head, carry, or otherwise propel the ball into each other's goal, territory, etc
- (as modifier): a football ground, a football supporter
- the ball used in any of these games or their variants
- a problem, issue, etc, that is continually passed from one group or person to another and treated as a pretext for argument instead of being resolved: he accused the government of using the strike as a political football
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