- physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team: He didn't have full possession when he was tackled.
- the right of a team to put the ball into play: They had possession after the other team sank a free throw.
Origin of possession
Examples from the Web for possession
“We were finding people in possession of thousands of paper prescriptions,” he said.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If we begin to see the other as our possession and commodity, our shoe, the shadow of our shadow, is there ever a happy outcome?
By the same token, maybe we need different words for possession.
Power is a visitor to, not a possession of, those it empowers.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories|William O’Connor|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When detectives raided her store and found the silk in her possession, they arrested her.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do you know whether Marina still has them in her possession?Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
As a political result it would have secured to me the possession of the throne.Hortense, Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
Payment will be made easy; a good deed; and possession given at any time from the first of November to the first of May next.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
An order of Insects (comprising Bees, Ants, &c.) characterised by the possession of four membranous wings.The Ancient Life History of the Earth|Henry Alleyne Nicholson
One of them is now in the possession of the Governor, and tolerably well reconciled to his new master.A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay|Watkin Tench
British Dictionary definitions for possession
Word Origin and History for possession
mid-14c., "act or fact of possessing, a taking possession, occupation," also "thing possessed, that which is possessed," from Old French possession "fact of having and holding; what is possessed;" also "demonic possession," and directly from Latin possessionem (nominative possessio), noun of action from past participle stem of possidere "to possess" (see possess). Legal property sense is earliest; demonic sense first recorded 1580s. Phrase possession is nine (or eleven) points of the law is out of a supposed 10 (or 12). With eleven from 1640s; with nine from 1690s.