foot·ball

[foot-bawl]

noun

1.  A game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent’s goal line and by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent’s goal posts. Compare conversion (  def 13 ) , field goal (  def 1 ) , safety (  def 6 ) , touchdown.
2.  The ball used in this game, an inflated oval with a bladder contained in a casing usually made of leather.
3.  Chiefly British , Rugby (  def 3 ) .
4.  Chiefly British , soccer.