Meaning of dead ball in English:

dead ball


  • 1(in ball games) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play.

    ‘The ball careened back into fair territory and was caught by pitcher Kip Wells but was ruled a dead ball by plate umpire Travis Katzenmeier.’
    • ‘The player may re-enter the game at the first dead ball after the 5-minute penalty has elapsed.’
    • ‘‘Some years ago when playing amateur football, I retrieved a dead ball from off the pitch, carried it back on and handed it to my goalie,’ Craig Thomas told us a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘A baseball that lodges in an umpire's mask or paraphernalia should be ruled a dead ball and runners are allowed to advance one base.’
    • ‘There was a dead ball with 5 seconds to go in the game and while Denver started celebrating, the Kings left the court.’
    1. 1.1Soccer as modifier Involving a restart of the game by kicking a stationary ball, e.g. by a free kick.
      ‘dead-ball situations’
      • ‘Hakan Yakin is a free-kick expert who will be hard to shift from dead-ball situations around the box.’
      • ‘Beckham's ability from dead-ball positions would definitely improve Arsenal, who sometimes appear to set little store by them.’
      • ‘The second came from an intimidating dead-ball delivery by Beckham that Jermaine Taylor helplessly headed into his own net.’
      • ‘The kick however was too heavily weighted and the ball trickled into the dead ball zone when a try seemed certain.’
      • ‘His fantastic contribution to the Merseysiders' charge towards the Champions League continued last night as he netted his fourth dead ball goal in five successive wins for Gerard Houllier's men.’