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half·back

 (hăf′băk′, häf′-)
n. Abbr. HB
1. Football One of the running backs positioned to the sides behind the quarterback when the ball is snapped.
2. Sports One of several players stationed behind the forward line, as in soccer or Rugby.

halfback

(ˈhɑːfˌbæk)
n
1. (Soccer) rugby either the scrum half or the stand-off half
2. (Rugby) rugby either the scrum half or the stand-off half
3. (Soccer) soccer old-fashioned any of three players positioned behind the line of forwards and in front of the fullbacks
4. (Soccer) any of certain similar players in other team sports
5. (Rugby) any of certain similar players in other team sports
6. (Soccer) the position of a player who is halfback
7. (Rugby) the position of a player who is halfback

half•back

(ˈhæfˌbæk, ˈhɑf-)

n.
1. Football.
a. one of two backs who typically line up on each side of the fullback.
b. the position played by such a back.
2. (in soccer, Rugby, field hockey, etc.) a player stationed near the forward line to carry out chiefly offensive duties.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.halfback - (football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position
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
running back - (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage
2.halfback - (American football) the position of a back on a football team
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
Translations

halfback

[ˈhɑːfbæk] N (Ftbl) → medio/a m/f

halfback

[ˈhɑːfˌbæk] n (Sport) → mediano
References in classic literature ?
It was in vain that the Houndsditch backs and halfbacks skimmed like swallows about the field.
With inspirational former Super League Man of Steel Danny Brough available for tomorrow's trip to Hull KR after serving a onematch ban, Kelly has three halfbacks at the top of their game vying for the two available spots.
He does things a bit differently to other halfbacks.
Hull start with new halfbacks Leon Pryce and Marc Sneyd, but Steve Michaels and Curtis Naughton miss out.
The England back row forward was Saints' hero with a superb allround display, which included two 40- 20 kicks, despite out of position in the halfbacks.
We graduated our starting goalie, all our defensive halfbacks, and our center midfielder.
HALFBACKS Leon Pr yce and Rob Burrow ran the show again as brilliant Britain powered to their first series win for 14 years.
The option out of the Split-T was a complement of the dive by one or the other halfbacks.
CHESTER dominated in this North One clash with halfbacks Rhys Hughes and Murray King the key to success.
Broadstreet, so resurgent of late, had the better of most of the exchanges but paid for the yellow-cards given to both halfbacks Elliot Blundell and Jon Smart for technical infringements as Halifax full-back Graham Holroyd scored all 20 home points.
The Graig forwards dominated play thanks to good work from hooker Robert Phelps at the scrum, second-rows Matthew Jones and Daniel Lawrence in the lineouts, while halfbacks Dane James and makeshift number 10 Nathan Willmott kept the backs moving in top gear.
England's new halfbacks have been roommates at St George's Park in a bid to get to know each other and Widdop says the partnership is coming along nicely.