WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
field goal′, 
  • Sport[Football.]a three-point goal made by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball between the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar.
  • Sport[Basketball.]a goal made while the ball is in play.
  • Etymology:1890–95


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    field goal n
    1. a goal scored while the ball is in normal play rather than from a free throw
    2. a score of three points made by kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar



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