Definition of American football

1. Noun. A game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays.

Definition of American football

1. Proper noun. A game similar to rugby football in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball into each other's territory. Called ''football'' in the United States and Canada and ''American football'' elsewhere in the world. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of American Football

American dun-bar
American dun-bars
American dwarf birch
American eagle
American eagles
American egret
American elder
American elk
American elm
American featherfoil
American feverfew
American flag
American flagfish
American fly honeysuckle
American flying squirrel
American football
American football game
American foxhound
American frogbit
American gallinule
American gentian
American germander
American ginseng
American golden plover
American golden plovers
American gray birch
American green toad
American hackberry
American harvest mouse
American hazel

Literary usage of American football

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

1. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"The history of American University football is the history of american football. It has always been said that baseball is the national game of the United ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Every" player is taught to dive for the ball whenever he sees it on the ground, as possession is of cardinal importance in american football, and dribbling ..."

3. The Book of School and College Sports by Ralph Henry Barbour (1904)
"CHAPTER II HOW american football IS PLAYED THE FIELD.—American intercollegiate football is played on a field 330 feet long by 160 feet wide, its boundaries ..."

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