[ gohl-ten-ding ]
/ ˈgoʊlˌtɛn dɪŋ /


Basketball. any of several violations that prevent a goal from being scored, occurring when a player interferes with a shot by touching the ball on its downward flight to the basket or while it is over, on, or within the rim of the basket.

Nearby words

  1. goalkeeping,
  2. goalless,
  3. goalmouth,
  4. goalpost,
  5. goaltender,
  6. goalwards,
  7. goanna,
  8. goat,
  9. goat antelope,
  10. goat cheese

Origin of goaltending

First recorded in 1935–40; goal + tend2 + -ing1

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