jump ball


noun Basketball.

a ball tossed into the air above and between two opposing players by the referee in putting the ball into play.

Origin of jump ball

First recorded in 1920–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for jump ball

jump ball

noun

basketball a ball thrown high by the referee between two opposing players to put it in play, as after a stoppage in which no foul or violation was committed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012