Definition of Rugby

1. Noun. A form of football played with an oval ball.

Definition of Rugby

1. Proper noun. A town in Warwickshire, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated ¹

2. Noun. A sport where players can hold or kick an ovoid ball. The ball cannot be handled forwards and points are scored by touching the ball to the ground in the area past their opponent’s territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar. ¹

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Definition of Rugby

1. a form of football [n -BIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rugby

rug rats
ruga gastrica
ruga palatina
rugae of stomach
rugby (current term)
rugby ball
rugby boots
rugby football
rugby league
rugby player
rugby players
rugby sevens
rugby tackle
rugby tackled
rugby tackles
rugby tackling
rugby union

Literary usage of Rugby

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1. Great Britain: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1906)
"Beyond Northampton the rugby train passes stat. Althorp Park (see p.). ... rugby, a town with 16830 inhab. and a good hunting-centre, appears in Domesday ..."

2. Sportby C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1914)
"rugby-Union-Uamc, by Frank Mitchell. Contributions by RE Macna?blen. ao ... 1297 How to play rugby, by an Old International. 1910. An;, sports pub. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Only at rugby (later at some other schools), which from the first possessed an extensive grass field, was the old game preserved and developed, ..."

4. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1874)
"ARNOLD AND rugby.1 I HAVE been asked to say a few words to you on this occasion, when by chance I have been enabled to find myself here,' on a day which, ..."

5. The Gentleman's Magazine (1851)
"Lord Cranworth granted a petition by the trustees of rugby School, ... III. the sons of parents resident in rugby, or within certain distances, ..."

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