fumble

(redirected from Ball Security)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

fum·ble

 (fŭm′bəl)
v. fum·bled, fum·bling, fum·bles
v.intr.
1. To touch or handle nervously or idly: fumble with a necktie.
2. To grope awkwardly to find or to accomplish something: fumble for a key.
3. To proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder: fumble through a speech.
4.
a. Football To drop a ball that is in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle a ground ball.
v.tr.
1. To touch or handle clumsily or idly: "fumbled the skeleton key into the lock and turned it" (Bentley Dadmun).
2. To make a mess of; bungle. See Synonyms at botch.
3. To feel or make (one's way) awkwardly.
4.
a. Football To drop (a ball) while in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle (a ground ball).
n.
1. The act or an instance of fumbling.
2. Sports A ball that has been fumbled.

[Middle English fomelen, to grope.]

fum′bler n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fumble

(ˈfʌmbəl)
vb
1. (intr; often foll by for or with) to grope about clumsily or blindly, esp in searching: he was fumbling in the dark for the money he had dropped.
2. (intr; foll by at or with) to finger or play with, esp in an absent-minded way
3. to say or do hesitantly or awkwardly: he fumbled the introduction badly.
4. (General Sporting Terms) to fail to catch or grasp (a ball, etc) cleanly
n
the act of fumbling
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish fumla]
ˈfumbler n
ˈfumblingly adv
ˈfumblingness n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

fum•ble

(ˈfʌm bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to feel or grope about clumsily: He fumbled in his pocket for the keys.
2. to fail to hold a ball after having touched it or carried it, as in a baseball or football game.
3. to do something clumsily or unsuccessfully; blunder or fail.
v.t.
4. to make, handle, etc., clumsily or ineffectively; botch: to fumble an attempt.
5. to fail to hold (a ball) after having touched it or carried it.
n.
6. the act of fumbling.
7. an act or instance of fumbling the ball.
[1500–10]
fum′bler, n.
fum′bling•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

fumble


Past participle: fumbled
Gerund: fumbling

Imperative
fumble
fumble
Present
I fumble
you fumble
he/she/it fumbles
we fumble
you fumble
they fumble
Preterite
I fumbled
you fumbled
he/she/it fumbled
we fumbled
you fumbled
they fumbled
Present Continuous
I am fumbling
you are fumbling
he/she/it is fumbling
we are fumbling
you are fumbling
they are fumbling
Present Perfect
I have fumbled
you have fumbled
he/she/it has fumbled
we have fumbled
you have fumbled
they have fumbled
Past Continuous
I was fumbling
you were fumbling
he/she/it was fumbling
we were fumbling
you were fumbling
they were fumbling
Past Perfect
I had fumbled
you had fumbled
he/she/it had fumbled
we had fumbled
you had fumbled
they had fumbled
Future
I will fumble
you will fumble
he/she/it will fumble
we will fumble
you will fumble
they will fumble
Future Perfect
I will have fumbled
you will have fumbled
he/she/it will have fumbled
we will have fumbled
you will have fumbled
they will have fumbled
Future Continuous
I will be fumbling
you will be fumbling
he/she/it will be fumbling
we will be fumbling
you will be fumbling
they will be fumbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fumbling
you have been fumbling
he/she/it has been fumbling
we have been fumbling
you have been fumbling
they have been fumbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fumbling
you will have been fumbling
he/she/it will have been fumbling
we will have been fumbling
you will have been fumbling
they will have been fumbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fumbling
you had been fumbling
he/she/it had been fumbling
we had been fumbling
you had been fumbling
they had been fumbling
Conditional
I would fumble
you would fumble
he/she/it would fumble
we would fumble
you would fumble
they would fumble
Past Conditional
I would have fumbled
you would have fumbled
he/she/it would have fumbled
we would have fumbled
you would have fumbled
they would have fumbled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

fumble

This occurs when a runner loses the ball before being tackled; results in a free ball.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fumble - (sports) dropping the ballfumble - (sports) dropping the ball    
blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
American football, American football game - 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
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
Verb1.fumble - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
2.fumble - make one's way clumsily or blindly; "He fumbled towards the door"
go across, pass, go through - go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
3.fumble - handle clumsily
palm, handle - touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise"
4.fumble - make a mess of, destroy or ruinfumble - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
go wrong, miscarry, fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
5.fumble - drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder; "fumble a grounder"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

fumble

verb
1. grope, flounder, paw (informal), scrabble, feel around She crept from the bed and fumbled for her dressing gown.
2. stumble, struggle, blunder, flounder, bumble I fumbled around like an idiot.
3. bungle, spoil, botch, mess up, cock up (Brit. slang), mishandle, fuck up (offensive taboo slang), mismanage, muff, make a hash of (informal), make a nonsense of, bodge (informal), misfield I'd hate to fumble a chance like this.
noun
1. miss, mistake, slip, fault, error, blunder, botch, cock-up (slang), bodge (informal) Fans cheered a fumble by the home team's star.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

fumble

verb
1. To reach about or search blindly or uncertainly:
2. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
3. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
noun
A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: bloomer, goof.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations
يَرمي الطّابَة أو يَتَلَقّاها بارتِباكيَستَعْمِلُ يَدَيْه بارْتِباك
pohrávat sišmátratupustit/nechytit/zkazit míč
fumlemistetabe
ügyetlenül kezel
fálma, gera klaufalega
grabaliotigrabinėtiišleisti iš rankų kamuolįprarasti kamuolį
grābstītiesnenokertnetrapitneveikli rīkotiesņurcīt
nezachytiť letiacu loptupohrávať sašmátrať
beceriksizce tutmakel yordamıyla ara mak

fumble

[ˈfʌmbl]
A. VT (= drop) → dejar caer; (= handle badly) → manosear, coger or (LAm) agarrar con torpeza
to fumble one's way alongir a tientas
B. VI (also fumble about) → hurgar
to fumble in one's pocketshurgar en los bolsillos
to fumble for sthbuscar algo con las manos
to fumble for a wordtitubear buscando una palabra
to fumble with sthmanejar algo torpemente
to fumble with a doorforcejear para abrir una puerta
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fumble

[ˈfʌmbəl]
vt [+ ball] → mal réceptionner, cafouiller
fumble for
vtfouiller pour trouver
fumble with
vt fustripoter
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fumble

vi (also fumble about or around)umhertasten or -tappen; to fumble in the darkim Dunkeln herumtasten or -tappen; to fumble in one’s pocketsin seinen Taschen wühlen; to fumble (about) for somethingnach etw suchen or tasten; (in case, pocket, drawer) → nach etw wühlen; to fumble with somethingan etw (dat)herumfummeln; to fumble for wordsnach Worten suchen or ringen
vtvermasseln (inf), → verpfuschen (inf); to fumble the ballden Ball nicht sicher fangen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

fumble

[ˈfʌmbl]
1. vi (also fumble about) to fumble (about) in one's pocketsfrugare or rovistare nelle tasche
to fumble in the dark → andare a tastoni or a tentoni, brancolare
to fumble with sth → armeggiare con qc
2. vt to fumble a catchmancare una presa
to fumble a ball → lasciarsi sfuggire di mano una palla
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fumble

(ˈfambl) verb
1. to use one's hands awkwardly and with difficulty. He fumbled with the key; She fumbled about in her bag for her key.
2. to drop a ball (clumsily), or fail to hold or catch it.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
Depending on which outlets fans get their camp analysis from, it might seem more like Trubisky was being called into the principal's office, with the quarterback having struggled a bit with his consistency, accuracy and ball security and the offense losing a lot more battles than it won, albeit vs.
Anderson's ball security might have factored into Oakland's decision to sign him.
Also, there is Jamison Crowder who is rumored to be lacking some skills in terms of ball security. The only area that remains questionable now is injuries.
"We were much more composed at the start of the second-half, better in our execution, more direct with our carries as well, and our ball security was better.
"We still created chances which the pleasing thing but I'm still critical of our players' ball security which was disgraceful at times.
That was due to a lack of direction and ball security, and some terrific scrambling defence from the Red Devils.
That competitive workout is followed by "No Turnover Thursday,'' when ball security is stressed, and "No Repeat Friday,'' when the objective is to run every play correctly the first time.
Starck said the Colts have focused on ball security and conditioning following their loss to the Spartans.
NFL PRO BOWL Sky Sports 1, midnight THE NFL Pro Bowl came close to extinction this season after last year's farcical event in which defenders showed little interest in tackling and ball security was something of an alien concept, writes Phil Agius.
He worked on ball security in the offseason and finished 2011 with 29 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions in a year in which he threw a career-high 589 passes.
He straightened the attack, was strong in the contact, and has pretty good ball security as well.