American football(redirected from Football in the United States)
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1. (American Football) a team game similar to rugby, with 11 players on each side. Forward passing is allowed and planned strategies and formations for play are decided during the course of the game
2. (American Football) the oval-shaped inflated ball used in this game
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|Noun||1.||American football - 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|
centering, snap - (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back; "the quarterback fumbled the snap"
fair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
interception - (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
reception - (American football) the act of catching a pass in football; "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"
straight-arm - (American football) the act of warding off a tackler by holding the arm fully extended with the hand against the opponent
touchback - (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone
safety - a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
touchdown - a score in American football; being in possession of the ball across the opponents' goal line
field goal - a score in American football; a score made by kicking the ball between the opponents' goal posts
extra point, point after, point after touchdown - in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
down - (American football) a complete play to advance the football; "you have four downs to gain ten yards"
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
touch football - a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
football play - (American football) a play by the offensive team
running, running game, running play, run - (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
draw play, draw - (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
end run, sweep - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
return - (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
reverse - (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
rushing, rush - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line; "the linebackers were ready to stop a rush"
passing, passing game, passing play, pass - (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
power play - a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play; "they used a power play to return the kickoff"
handoff - (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
tackle - (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
interference - (American football) blocking a player's path with your body; "he ran interference for the quarterback"
trap block - (American football) an illegal block
back - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
lineman - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
scrimmage - (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
blitz, linebacker blitzing, safety blitz - (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line
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