Definition of Foul line

1. Noun. A line from which basketball players take penalty shots.

Group relationships: Key, Paint
Generic synonyms: Line

2. Noun. A line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross.
Group relationships: Alley, Bowling Alley, Skittle Alley
Generic synonyms: Line

3. Noun. Lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field.
Group relationships: Ball Field, Baseball Field, Diamond
Generic synonyms: Line

Definition of Foul line

1. Noun. (basketball) A line from which a player takes a free throw ¹

2. Noun. (baseball softball) One of the two lines on the edge of a field marking the area inside which a fair ball may be hit. ¹

3. Noun. (bowling) A line between the lane and the approach, which the bowler must not cross. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foul Line

foul-weather gear
foul anchor
foul ball
foul bill of health
foul language
foul line (current term)
foul out
foul play
foul pole
foul poles
foul shot
foul territory
foul tick
foul tip
foul up
foul wind
foul winds

Literary usage of Foul line

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1. The Tribune Book of Open-air Sports by Ottmar Mergenthaler, Henry Hall (1887)
"The Three Feet Lines must be drawn as follows: From a point on the foul line from Home Base to First Base, and equally distant from such bases, ..."

2. Basket Ball by Edwin J. Mather, Elmer Dayton Mitchell (1922)
"From the foul line. The importance to a team of having a good foul thrower ... In nearly every close, hard-fought game, points from the foul line are the ..."

3. The Sports and Pastimes of American Boys: A Guide and Text-book of Games of by Henry Chadwick (1884)
"From a point half way between home and first bases, on the foul line,, must be drawn a line rectangularly to the foul line three feet in length, ..."

4. Handbook of Athletic Games for Players, Instructors, and Spectators by Jessie Hubbell Bancroft, William Dean Pulvermacher (1916)
"FREE THROW LINE: foul line. Short line behind which a player stands for ... Act of attempting to toss the ball into the basket from the foul line ; a free ..."

5. Indoors and Out (1905)
"First base should be a circle sixteen feet in diameter, with its center on the right foul line at a point distant one hundred feet, more or less, ..."

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