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foul line

n.
1. Baseball Either of two straight lines extending from the rear of home plate to the outer edge of the playing field and indicating the area in which a fair ball can be hit.
2. Basketball A line 15 feet in front of each backboard from which players shoot foul shots. Also called free-throw line.
3. Sports A boundary limiting the permissible movements of a player, as on a bowling alley or in a field event.

foul′ line`


n.
1. either of two lines on a baseball diamond connecting home plate with first and third base respectively, or their continuations to the end of the outfield.
2. a line on a basketball court 15 ft. (4.6 m) from the backboard, from which foul shots are taken.
3. a line on a bowling alley at right angles to the gutters and 60 ft. (18.3 m) from the center of the spot for the headpin.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foul line - a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
paint, key - (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court; "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint"
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
2.foul line - a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
skittle alley, alley, bowling alley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
3.foul line - lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
ball field, baseball field, diamond - the baseball playing field
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
References in classic literature ?
yelled the seamen to Daggoo, but with one hand holding on to the heavy tackles, so that if the head should drop, he would still remain suspended; the negro having cleared the foul line, rammed down the bucket into the now collapsed well, meaning that the buried harpooneer should grasp it, and so be hoisted out.
For Opening Day 1901, the ballpark's seating areas consisted of a single-deck covered grandstand that extended from first base to third base, and sets of bleachers down both foul lines. Behind home plate, there was a short diagonal section of the grandstand that formed the backstop.
A total of 538 seats along the foul lines will be called the Champions Suite and will no longer have access to the duplex restaurant behind home plate, according to the team's 2010 premium seat plan.
7 : being within the foul lines <a fair ball>
The playing field was lowered by four feet, and the field was also reoriented by moving home plate about 60 feet to the west and the foul lines were rotated about four degrees to the left.
The company already had 13 Linx 6200 machines and one Linx 4200 and wanted to upgrade to enable it to print foul lines of text if necessary.
The asphalt field is painted forest green and has tan base paths and white bases and foul lines to resemble a major league baseball diamond.
Keep in mind that the position of the ball, not the player in relation to the foul lines, determines whether or not a ball is fair or foul.
For the same reasons stated above, most coaches prefer their first baseman or third baseman, rather than catcher, to take pop-ups down the foul lines. Remember, the catcher is going out after the ball while the first or third baseman is coming in, and that the infielder's glove is more suitable than the catcher's mitt to catch fly balls.
Thus, the auction of the near future may well be played in the open, on a level field, with sharply defined and easily policed foul lines.
In 1905 bleachers were added down both foul lines, raising the seating capacity to about 6,000.
8 : being outside the foul lines <He hit a foul ball.>