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Webster 1913 Edition


football

foot′ballˊ

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Noun.
An inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather.
Waller.

Webster 1828 Edition


Football

FOOT'BALL

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Noun.
1.
A ball consisting of an inflated bladder, cased in leather, to be driven by the foot.
2.
The sport or practice of kicking the football.

Definition 2022


Football

Football

See also: football, foot-ball, and foot ball

German

Noun

Football m (genitive Footballs, plural Footballs)

  1. the kind of ball used in American football
  2. (short for American Football) the game of American football

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football

football

See also: Football, foot-ball, and foot ball

English

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Noun

A football used for Association football
A football used for American football
A rugby union football

football (countable and uncountable, plural footballs)

  1. (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.
    Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.
  2. (Britain, uncountable) Association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Each team scored three goals when they played football.
  3. (US, uncountable) American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
    Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.
  4. (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
    They played football in the snow.
  5. (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
  6. (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
  7. (Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) rugby league.
  8. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) rugby union
  9. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
    The player kicked the football.
  10. (uncountable) Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  11. (figuratively, countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
    That budget item became a political football.
  12. (slang, US, countable) The leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

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French

Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fut.bol/

Noun

football m (plural footballs)

  1. association football, soccer
  2. (Canada) Canadian football
  3. (less common) American football

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Interlingua

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From English.

Noun

football (uncountable)

  1. football (soccer)

Portuguese

Noun

football m (uncountable)

  1. Dated spelling of futebol.