field goal


Football. a three-point goal made by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball between the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar.
Basketball. a goal made while the ball is in play.

Origin of field goal

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for field goal

basket, bucket

Examples from the Web for field goal

Contemporary Examples of field goal

Historical Examples of field goal

  • For there was hardly a question but that Brimfield was to try a field-goal this time.

    Left Tackle Thayer

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Kenwood might tie the game now if she chose to try a field-goal, but Kenwood wanted a victory.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Ballard, firmly believing Hicks would try a field-goal, had been taken completely off guard.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

    J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Then the 'varsity substitutes and the second team faced each other for fifteen minutes and the second scored a field-goal.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The angle, however, was difficult and few looked for a bona fide attempt at a field-goal.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for field goal

field goal


basketball a goal scored while the ball is in normal play rather than from a free throw
American football a score of three points made by kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar
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