Definition of Touchback

1. Noun. (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone.

Category relationships: American Football, American Football Game
Generic synonyms: Football Play

Definition of Touchback

1. n. The act of touching the football down by a player behind his own goal line when it received its last impulse from an opponent; -- distinguished from safety touchdown.

Definition of Touchback

1. Noun. (American football) The result of a play (usually a kickoff or punt) in which the ball passes out the back of the end zone or a team otherwise gains possession of the ball in their own end zone. ¹

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Definition of Touchback

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Touchback

touch panel
touch perception
touch screen
touch screens
touch sensation
touch system
touch typing
touch up
touch wood
touchback (current term)
touchdown dance
touchdown dances
touched in the haid
touched in the head
touched up

Literary usage of Touchback

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

1. Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide ...: Foot Ball Rules as Recommended by by National Collegiate Athletic Association, Walter Camp (1915)
"A touchback is made when touchback. the ball in possession of a player guarding his ... It is a touchback when a kicked ball (other .than one from kick-off, ..."

2. Football for Public and Player by Herbert Reed (1913)
"Now when a touchback is made the crowd often does not understand why it was ... But there is one important instance in which a touchback is made even when ..."

3. Football for Player and Spectator: By Fielding H. Yost . . by Fielding Harris Yost (1905)
"Should a second touchback occur before four downs have been played, ... If Second touchback Before Four Downs. In case of a second failure to kick within ..."

4. Games for Boys by Sherman Ripley (1920)
"touchback FOOTBALL The game is started in the center of the field with ... touchback VOLLEY-BALL <• This is a gymnasium adaptation of touchback Football. ..."

5. The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture by Michael Vincent O'Shea, Ellsworth D. Foster, George Herbert Locke (1918)
"If, on the other hand, it downs a ball which its opponents have propelled or carried across, the result is a touchback, and no score ..."

6. The Young Folk's Cyclopædia of Games and Sports by John Denison Champlin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick (1890)
"(b) When the Referee has declared that a down, touchdown, touchback, safety, or goal has been made. (c) When a fair catch has been heeled. ..."

7. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1890)
"Their rushers undertake to run forward and stop the ball, while their halves and back are ready, in case it misses, to make a touchback. ..."

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