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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.
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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.
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|Noun||1.||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"
|2.||foul line - a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross|
|3.||foul line - lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field|
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