• Johnny Poe, football player and soldier
    Johnny Poe, football player and soldier
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n football any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
    • n football the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick
One scene never photographed in football One scene never photographed in football
Diagram of football lineup Diagram of football lineup
A football gridiron A football gridiron
Diagram showing letters mapped to football positions Diagram showing letters mapped to football positions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year'ssupply of footballs.
    • n football An inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather.The American football is an oblate spheroid, with pointed ends. In other countries, the football is the same as a soccer ball. The games played with the two different balls are different. In the United States, the game played with a soccer ball is called soccer.
    • football Soccer or rugby.
    • football Something which is treated in a rough manner, usually as part of a dispute; as, a political football .
    • football The game played with a football{1}, by two opposing teams of players moving the ball between goals at opposite ends of a rectangular playing field. Outside the United States football refers to soccer, and in England, also to rugby, but in the United States the shape of the ball and the rules of the game are different.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hacky Sack was invented by a football player in the mid 1970's who used it to stregthen tendons he had torn in his knee.
    • n football A ball consisting originally of an inflated bladder, now of a hollow globe of india-rubber or of heavy canvas saturated with rubber, cased in leather, round or oval in shape, and designed to be driven by the foot in the game called by the same name. See def. 2.
    • n football A game played with such a ball by two parties of players on a level plot of ground, at each end of which is a goal through or beyond which the players strive to drive the ball. There are various ways of playing the game, the two most commonly recognized being the “Association” and the “Rugby” game, the latter either in its original form or as played in America in a modified form. The field is 330 feet long by 160 wide, and in the middle of each end is a goal formed of two upright posts, in the Rugby game 18½ feet apart with a cross-bar 10 feet above the ground, and in the Association game 24 feet apart with a cross-bar 8 feet from the ground. There are 11 players on each side (in the Rugby game sometimes 15), divided into rushers and backs; the special object of the former being to check their opponents and to rush or push forward the ball in a body, and of the latter to kick or run with the ball. The two sides cast lots, the winner having the privilege of beginuing the game with possession of the ball, or of selecting the goal. In the Rugby game the players can kick, run with, or throw the ball (but not throw it forward toward their opponents' goal); in the Association game they can only kick it. The playing is begun by kicking off the ball from midway between the goals, and the players strive to force the ball through or beyond their opponents' goal. In the Association game, to win a goal the ball must be kicked through the goal below the cross-bar, and the side securing the largest number of goals wins the game. In the Rugby game scoring is by goals, touch-downs, and safety touch-down or safeties. A goal is won by kicking the ball through or above the goal-posts over the cross-bar; a touch-down, by carrying the ball behind the goal and there touching it to the ground, which gives the player a try—that is, the right to carry the ball out in front of the goal and try to kick a goal; a safety touch-down or safety, by forcing one's opponents to touch the ball to the ground behind one's own goal. The play continues for a certain length of time (in 1894 one hour and ten minutes), divided into two parts by a short intermission, at which time the players change sides. Football is an ancient game, probably introduced into Great Britain by the Romans, though the first distinct mention of it is in Fitzstephen's History of London, about 1175.
    • n football Figuratively, an object or a person subjected to hard usage or to many vicissitudes or changes of condition: as, he was the foot-ball of fortune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1905 football season, 18 men were killed in college games in the United States, and 159 more were permanently injured.
    • ns Football a large ball for kicking about in sport: play with this ball
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  • Fran Tarkenton
    Fran Tarkenton
    “If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time.”
  • Roger Craig
    Roger Craig
    “Fear can be conquered. I became a better person and a better football player when I learned that lesson.”
  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown
    “Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”
  • Frank Gifford
    Frank Gifford
    “Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things-blocking and tackling.”
  • Knute Rockne
    Knute Rockne
    “No star playing, just football.”


Football's a game of two halves - (UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fót, pl. fét; Ger. fuss, L. pes, pedis, Gr. pous, podos, Sans. pād.


In literature:

A hint was dropped that the football meeting would "wake things up," whatever that might mean.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
He had captained the high-school football team.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
On the third day out the football match came off.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Then both made a plunge forward in true football style.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
A few years ago I asked that good friend of the Indian, Gen. R. H. Pratt, why he did not introduce football in his school.
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
It's a far more sensible vent for your energy, to my mind, than so much football.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Football Boots, 8/6, 10/6, and 12/6.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
Towards Christmas we received an invitation to go to Glasgow and play football against one of the Glasgow battalions.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Most men are keen enough on cricket and football.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
But he did not find himself a rich man; and the football has never come in his way again.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale

In poetry:

Approaches now the close
Of Rugby and of "Socker;"
The football jersey goes
Back to its native locker.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
I heard the football of the hail;
The armies of the sky
Were coming down amid the gale,
And rank on rank marched by.
"In The Night" by Charles Hanson Towne
And I mean to keep it there, sir,
Good luck has come my way
I've started on football pools, sir,
I got two out of twelve right to-day.
"This Medal" by Billy Bennett
The football season had just begun
When the enemy came in sight!
And as nobody knew which way to run
There was nothing to do —but fight !
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
Now I'm thinking of keeping rabbits
—It's safer —so I've heard said —
And the next time I play " Football"
I think I'll play " YO YO " instead !
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
And people sitting down to tea,
They heard him plan, as plain can be,
They thowt 'twere final football score,
As this 'ere word rang out once more…
"Up'ards" by Marriott Edgar

In news:

The Thundercat Midget Football Team is selling Buffalo Bills football game tickets as a fundraiser to help purchase concussion helmets for the midget team.
Former CMU and Cincinnati football coach Butch Jones agrees to take job as Tennessee head football coach.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Former Central Michigan University football coach Butch Jones has agreed to become the next head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers, according to
Brendan Stewart of the Carlinville High School football team has been named the honorary captain for The State Journal-Register's All-Area Football Team for the 2012 season.
The task that stands before the Palestine football team as it prepares to open up the Class 3A, Division I football playoffs is a large one.
Texas A&M football fans we spoke with can't get enough of Johnny 'Football' Manziel.
When the choice between A) Watching an Important Football Game, and B) Going Out to Dinner presents itself, those who recognize that a football game does indeed qualify as "important" know that the choice is always C) Do Both.
Football is "in-the-air" at Cathedral Prep this morning as the entire student body sends off the varsity football team during a pep rally held Dec 13.
Joe Bradley, middle, a chaplain at Serra High School, talks to the football team in their weekly "football chapel" on Friday, Nov 9, 2012.
On a record-setting day from Mike Piatkowski, the Drake football team rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Morehead State 28-25 in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams Saturday at Drake Stadium.
As head football coach from 1990 through 2005, Alvarez rebuilt Wisconsin football tradition and led the Badgers to Rose Bowl titles in 1994, 1999 and 2000.
Cobb 's career coaching football began in 1981 when he was named the North Edgecombe Warriors JV football coach.
WESLACO — The fledgling football program at the University of Texas at San Antonio wants to turn the Valley into Roadrunner County as UTSA head football coach Larry Coker visited the Valley on Thursday.
Twenty-seven players from 21 schools will vie for 12 major college football awards with the winners to be announced on-air during The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec 6 on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. About College Gridiron 365.
College football fans across the country are learning more about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a football player.

In science:

At the same time, the octopole eigenmode has the dipole configuration ↓↑↓ but the total dipole moment vanishes for the spheroidal shape and it is different from 0 for the football shape.
Shape effects on localized surface plasmon resonances in metallic nanoparticles
The disparity in the development of the two techniques can be traced to the extremely low fluxes of particles present above a TeV (∼ 4γ football field−1 hr−1 ) and the cosmic-ray background.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
Moreover, as we shall see, such systems are not just of non-realistic pedagogical and academic interest but these systems can in fact exist in reality e.g., in the case of a sphere pro jected with a spin i.e., say a football or a tennis ball hit to impart both the linear and angular velocities on them.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
In section (IV), we study the model equation analytically and numerically to show that the football’s motion is non-chaotic owing to certain peculiarities of the model equation.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
We all have seen expert footballers making weird swerving free-kicks by imparting spin on the football, little knowing, even qualitatively, how exactly it occurs.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems