Definition of foul line in English:

foul line


  • 1Either of the straight lines extending from home plate past first and third bases into the outfield and marking the limit of the area within which a hit is deemed to be fair.

    • ‘A distance of 320 feet or more along the foul lines, and 400 feet or more to center field is preferable.’
    • ‘He has ranged from left-center field to the third base foul line for balls.’
    • ‘In 1936, Forbes Field featured a 300-foot right field foul line ending with a nine and one-half foot concrete wall, capped by an additional 18 feet of wire mesh.’
    • ‘Ortiz's power from foul line to foul line makes him tough to pitch to.’
    • ‘The right field foul line was 247 feet, with a 12-foot fence and 40-foot high screen.’
    1. 1.1Basketball Either of the lines 15 feet in front of each backboard, from which free throws are made.
      Also called free-throw line
      • ‘Once the players understand the timing and execution, it almost always results in a close shot at the basket or a trip to the foul line for two free throws.’
      • ‘Does a player have to be in contact with the foul line when shooting a free throw?’
      • ‘More people have probably scaled Mt. Everest than dunked from the foul line.’
      • ‘A superstar has to get to foul line and be able to get off a shot in his sweet spot when he needs one.’
      • ‘He also shoots a high percentage from the floor and foul line.’
    2. 1.2 (in bowling) a line on the alley, perpendicular to the gutters and 60 feet from the head pin.
      • ‘This speed is also based on the ball traveling a straight line from the foul line to the head pin.’
      • ‘Don't hang around at the foul line or in the other bowler's line of sight, because this is a distraction.’
      • ‘But it kept rolling straight along the foul line in fair territory.’
      • ‘According to the rules of bowling, touching or going over the foul line is a foul.’


foul line

/faʊl laɪn/