Definition of Jump ball

1. Noun. (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate.

Generic synonyms: Beginning, Commencement, Start
Category relationships: Basketball, Basketball Game, Hoops
Specialized synonyms: Tap-off, Tip-off

Definition of Jump ball

1. Noun. A method used to begin or resume play in basketball. Two opposing players attempt to gain control of the ball after it is tossed up into the air in between them by an official.Wikipedia [ jump ball] ¹

2. Noun. Metaphor for a contest [ too close to call]. ¹

3. Noun. In the context of general equities,Campbell R. Harvey's [ Hypertextual Finance Glossary] ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jump Ball

jumby bean
jumby tree
jump about
jump around
jump at
jump at the chance
jump ball (current term)
jump blues
jump boot
jump boots
jump cut
jump down
jump down someone's throat
jump drive
jump drives
jump flap
jump for joy
jump in
jump in one's skin
jump jet
jump lead

Literary usage of Jump ball

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

1. The Making of a Big Leaguer by Gilbert Patten, Burt L. Standish (1915)
"I hand gentle Lucy that fast jump ball of mine, and see him wilt. ... In batting practice, not only did the newcomer hammer Dyer's jump ball with apparent ..."

2. Friedrich Froebel's Pedagogics of the Kindergarten: Or, His Ideas Concerning by Friedrich Fröbel, Josephine Jarvis (1895)
"Jump, ball, jump !" " See, now the ball jumps ! Jump! jump! jump!" letting the ball, held by the string, fall quickly and rebound by its own elasticity. ..."

3. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1912)
"... hence one hears much of the "fast in- shoot," "a fast jump ball," "a fast, waist-high ball which broke sharply," and but seldom of slow-jumping or ..."

4. Minimum Course of Study: Reports of Committees on Minimum Essentials in by Ernest Carroll Moore (1922)
"... Baseball throw for strike, pushup, sit-up, 60 yd. dash, running broad jump. ball, Bat Ball. Grade 6 — Baseball, Captain Ball, Soccer, Hand Ball, Belays. ..."

5. The Field Book: Or, Sports and Pastimes of the United Kingdom; Comp. from (1833)
"In Hunting, to swerve off from a fence ; to refuse a jump. BALL, *. Anything made in a round form; a round thing to play with, a hand-ball, a billiard-ball. ..."

6. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1915)
"As to control he's a witch, and he mixes up his floater and jump ball with the sureness of an old-school bar- keep at work on a sideboard toddy. ..."

7. Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time by Teri S. Lesesne (2003)
"Prejudices are challenged until a young woman is found dead under suspicious circumstances. (HS) Glenn, Mel. jump ball. A season in the life of a ..."

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