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n. Abbr. LB Football
Any of the defensive players forming a second line of defense behind the players on the line of scrimmage.

line′back′ing n.


(American Football) a defensive player in American or Canadian football who is positioned just behind the line of scrimmage


(ˈlaɪnˌbæk ər)

1. a football player on defense who takes a position behind the linemen.
2. the position played by this player.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.linebacker - a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemenlinebacker - a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
football player, footballer - an athlete who plays American football
2.linebacker - (American football) the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage
back - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
football team, eleven - a team that plays football


[ˈlaɪnbækəʳ] N (US) → defensa mf (en fútbol americano)
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