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{adj: ball-hawking} used of a player skilled in stealing the ball or robbing a batter of a hit
"a ball-hawking center fielder"



{adj: coated} having a coating; covered with an outer layer or film; often used in combination
"coated paper has a smooth polished coating especially suitable for halftone printing"
"sugar-coated pills"
<-> uncoated

{adj: disqualified} barred from competition for violation of rules
"a disqualified player"

{adj: mesomorphic, muscular} having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer
<-> ectomorphic, endomorphic

{adj: thick} not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
"an inch thick"
"a thick board"
"a thick sandwich"
"spread a thick layer of butter"
"thick coating of dust"
"thick warm blankets"
<-> thin

{adj: thin} of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
"thin wire"
"a thin chiffon blouse"
"a thin book"
"a thin layer of paint"
<-> thick

{adj: thrown} caused to fall to the ground
"the thrown rider got back on his horse"
"a thrown wrestler"
"a ball player thrown for a loss"

{adj: triple-crown} unofficial championship title for player who heads the league in batting average and home runs and runs batted in

{adj: vegetal, vegetational, vegetative} composed of vegetation or plants
"regions rich in vegetal products"
"vegetational cover"
"the decaying vegetative layer covering a forest floor"

{adj: yielding} lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure
"a deep yielding layer of foam rubber"


{adv: all over, over} over the entire area
"the wallpaper was covered all over with flowers"
"she ached all over"
"everything was dusted over with a fine layer of soot"


{adv: fabulously, fantastically} in a fabulous manner
"she was a fabulously gifted player"

{n: Appleton layer, F layer, F region} the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission

{n: Ashe, Arthur Ashe, Arthur Robert Ashe} United States tennis player who was the first Black to win United States and English singles championships (1943-1993)

{n: Boston cream pie} layer cake filled with custard

{n: Budge, Don Budge, John Donald Budge} United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)

{n: Chinese checkers, Chinese chequers} a board game in which each player tries to move a set of marbles through a set of holes from one point of a six-pointed star to the opposite point

{n: Connolly, Maureen Catherine Connolly, Little Mo Connolly} United States tennis player who was the first woman to win the United States, British, French, and Australian championships in the same year (1953) (1934-1969)

{n: D-layer, D region} the lowest region of the ionosphere (35 to 50 miles up) that reflects low-frequency radio waves

{n: Davis, Dwight Davis, Dwight Filley Davis} United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)

{n: DiMaggio, Joe DiMaggio, Joseph Paul DiMaggio} United States professional baseball player noted for his batting ability (1914-1999)

{n: Gibson, Althea Gibson} United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)

{n: Heaviside layer, Kennelly-Heaviside layer, E layer, E region} a region of the ionosphere (from 50 to 90 miles up) that reflects radio waves of medium length

{n: Howe, Gordie Howe, Gordon Howe} Canadian hockey player who holds the record for playing the most games (born 1928)

{n: Kennelly, A. E. Kennelly, Arthur Edwin Kennelly} United States electrical engineer noted for his work on the theory of alternating currents; independently of Oliver Heaviside he discovered the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio waves back to earth (1861-1939)

{n: Laver, Rod Laver, Rodney George Laver} Australian tennis player who in 1962 was the second man to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles titles in the same year; in 1969 he repeated this feat (born in 1938)

{n: Michigan, Chicago, Newmarket, boodle, stops} a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card

{n: Musial, Stan Musial, Stanley Frank Musial, Stan the Man} United States baseball player (born in 1920)

{n: Paige, Satchel Paige, Leroy Robert Paige} United States baseball player; a Black pitcher noted for his longevity (1906-1982)

{n: Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Jack Roosevelt Robinson} United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)

{n: Ruth, Babe Ruth, George Herman Ruth, Sultan of Swat} United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)

{n: Young, Cy Young, Danton True Young} United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)

{n: accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box} a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player

{n: aquifer} underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc

{n: baccarat, chemin de fer} a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker; the player wins who holds 2 or 3 cards that total closest to nine

{n: back} the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage

{n: balk, baulk} the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
"a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"

{n: ball carrier} (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play

{n: baseline} the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases

{n: beggar-my-neighbor, beggar-my-neighbour, strip-Jack-naked} a card game for two players in which the object is to win all of the other player's cards

{n: blastula, blastodermic vesicle} early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs

{n: blocker} a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play

{n: blubber} an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil

{n: boundary layer} the layer of slower flow of a fluid past a surface

{n: bridge player, hand} a card player in a game of bridge
"we need a 4th hand for bridge"

{n: bulbar conjunctiva, conjunctival layer of bulb, tunica conjunctiva bulbi} the part of the conjunctiva covering the anterior face of the sclera and the surface epithelium of the cornea

{n: caddie, golf caddie} an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player

{n: calyx} (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green

{n: cambium} a formative one-cell layer of tissue between xylem and phloem in most vascular plants that is responsible for secondary growth

{n: cassette player} electronic equipment for playing cassettes

{n: cat and mouse, cat and rat} a game for children in which the players form a circle and join hands; they raise their hands to let a player inside the circle or lower their hands to bar a second player who is chasing the first

{n: center field, centerfield} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the central third of the outfield

{n: center} the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play
"it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"

{n: center} the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

{n: cerebral cortex, cerebral mantle, pallium, cortex} the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum

{n: charades} player acts out a phrase for others to guess

{n: chromosphere} a gaseous layer of the sun's atmosphere (extending from the photosphere to the corona) that is visible during a total eclipse of the sun

{n: cloud bank} a layer of clouds seen from a distance

{n: corner kick} a free kick from the corner awarded to the other side when a player has sent the ball behind his own goal line

{n: cornerback} a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers

{n: corolla} (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
"we cultivate the flower for its corolla"

{n: cortex} the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal
<-> medulla

{n: cribbage, crib} a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two

{n: draw, draw poker} poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
"he played only draw and stud"

{n: ectoplasm} the outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm

{n: endothelium} an epithelium of mesoblastic origin; a thin layer of flattened cells that lines the inside of some body cavities

{n: epicarp, exocarp} outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits as the skin of a peach or grape

{n: epiphysis} the end of a long bone; initially separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage that eventually ossifies so the parts become fused

{n: error, misplay} (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

{n: euchre, five hundred} a card game similar to ecarte; each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making trump must take 3 tricks to win a hand

{n: fair catch} (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled

{n: film} a thin coating or layer
"the table was covered with a film of dust"

{n: filter bed} filter consisting of a layer of sand or gravel for filtering water

{n: first base, first} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)

{n: flint corn, flint maize, Yankee corn, Zea mays indurata} corn having kernels with a hard outer layer enclosing the soft endosperm

{n: flutist, flautist, flute player} someone who plays the flute

{n: folium} a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock

{n: football hero} a football player who has achieved a reputation for success

{n: football player, footballer} an athlete who plays American football

{n: fruit machine} a coin-operated gambling machine that produces random combinations of symbols (usually pictures of different fruits) on rotating dials; certain combinations win money for the player

{n: game misconduct} (ice hockey) a penalty that suspends a player for the remainder of a game (but allows the team to send in a substitute for the suspended player)

{n: ganoin, ganoine} shiny substance that resemble enamel and is secreted by the corium of certain fishes (especially ganoid fishes) and composes the outer layer of their scales

{n: gastrula} double-walled stage of the embryo resulting from invagination of the blastula; the outer layer of cells is the ectoderm and the inner layer differentiates into the mesoderm and endoderm

{n: geological horizon} a layer of rock with a particular composition (especially of fossils); for dating the stratum

{n: germ layer} (embryology) any of the 3 layers of cells differentiated in embryos following gastrulation

{n: gin, gin rummy, knock rummy} a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points

{n: halon} a compound in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon have been replaced by bromine and other halogen atoms; very stable; used in fire extinguishers although it is thought to release bromine that depletes the ozone layer

{n: handoff} (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate

{n: hooker} (rugby) the player in the middle of the front row of the scrum who tries to capture the ball with the foot

{n: hymenium} spore-bearing layer of cells in certain fungi containing asci or basidia

{n: imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player} a person who makes deceitful pretenses

{n: index fossil, guide fossil} a fossil known to have lived in a particular geologic age that can be used to date the rock layer in which it is found

{n: interception} (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team

{n: interference} (American football) blocking a player's path with your body
"he ran interference for the quarterback"

{n: invagination, introversion, intussusception, infolding} the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface
"the invagination of the blastula"

{n: juke, fake} (football) a deceptive move made by a football player

{n: keratin, ceratin} a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair feathers nails and hooves

{n: kicker} a player who kicks the football

{n: layer cake} cake having layers held together by a sweet filling and usually covered with frosting

{n: left field, leftfield} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)

{n: level, layer, stratum} an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
"a good actor communicates on several levels"
"a simile has at least two layers of meaning"
"the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"

{n: linebacker, line backer} a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen

{n: linebacker, line backer} the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage

{n: lineman} the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage

{n: lucky dip} a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random

{n: mantle, pallium} (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell

{n: medullary sheath, myelin sheath} a layer of myelin encasing (and insulating) the axons of medullated nerve fibers

{n: minelayer} ship equipped for laying marine mines

{n: molter, moulter} an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)

{n: mousetrap, trap play} (American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated

{n: musical chairs, going to Jerusalem} a child's game in which N players march to music around N-1 chairs; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated; then a chair is removed and the march resumes until only the winner is seated

{n: nuclear winter} a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish

{n: old maid} a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed; players match cards and the player holding the unmatched queen at the end of the game is the loser (or `old maid')

{n: over} (cricket) the period during which a given number of balls (6 in England but 8 in Australia) are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch

{n: ozone layer, ozonosphere} a layer in the stratosphere (at approximately 20 miles) that contains a concentration of ozone sufficient to block most ultraviolet radiation from the sun

{n: pass, passing play, passing game, passing} (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
"the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"

{n: peridium} outer layer of the spore-bearing organ in many fungi

{n: pisha paysha} (Yiddish) a card game for two players one of whom is usually a child; the deck is place face down with one card face upward; players draw from the deck alternately hoping to build up or down from the open card; the player with the fewest cards when the deck is exhausted is the winner

{n: pitcher, mound} the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit
"he has played every position except pitcher"
"they have a southpaw on the mound"

{n: poker face} a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)

{n: quarterback, signal caller, field general} the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
"quarterback is the most important position on the team"

{n: raft foundation} a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete

{n: receiver, pass receiver, pass catcher} a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass

{n: reliever, allayer, comforter} a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
"a reliever of anxiety"
"an allayer of fears"

{n: right field, rightfield} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the right third of the outfield (looking from home plate)

{n: run, running, running play, running game} (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
"the defensive line braced to stop the run"
"the coach put great emphasis on running"

{n: safety} a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line

{n: second base, second} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield

{n: sheathing, overlay, overlayer} protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior

{n: shell} the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

{n: shogi} a form of chess played on a board of 81 squares; each player has 20 pieces

{n: shortstop, short} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base

{n: sial} the granitelike rocks that form the outermost layer of the earth's crust; rich in silicon and aluminum

{n: sima} rock that form the continuous lower layer of the earth's crust; rich in silicon and magnesium

{n: skin, rind, peel} the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)

{n: snow} a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground

{n: spin the plate, spin the platter} a game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit

{n: squamous cell} an epithelial cell that is flat like a plate and form a single layer of epithelial tissue

{n: stone, pit, endocarp} the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
"you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"

{n: straight poker} poker in which each player gets 5 cards face down and bets are made without drawing any further cards

{n: stud, stud poker} poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt

{n: surface noise} noise produced by the friction of the stylus of a record player moving over the rotating record

{n: surface} the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
"there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"
"the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"

{n: tackler} a football player who tackles the ball carrier

{n: tackle} (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground

{n: tape player} electronic equipment for playing back magnetic tapes

{n: technical foul, technical} (basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play

{n: testa, episperm, seed coat} protective outer layer of seeds of flowering plants

{n: third base, third} the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
"he is playing third"

{n: top dressing} a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed in

{n: trammel net, trammel} a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh

{n: troposphere} the lowest atmospheric layer; from 4 to 11 miles high (depending on latitude)

{n: truant, hooky player} one who is absent from school without permission

{n: upside-down cake, skillet cake} batter baked atop a layer of sweetened fruit then turned upside down so fruit is on top

{n: utility man} a baseball player valued for the ability to play at several positions

{n: wing} a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side

{v: bring up} promote from a lower position or rank
"This player was brought up to the major league"

{v: caddie, caddy} act as a caddie and carry clubs for a player

{v: call in} take a player out of a game in order to exchange for another player

{v: check} block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

{v: emit, give out, give off} give off, send forth, or discharge ; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
"The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits"
<-> absorb

{v: encrust, incrust} form a crust or a hard layer

{v: field} select (a team or individual player) for a game
"The Patriots fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl"

{v: ice up, frost over, ice over} become covered with a layer of ice ; of a surface such as a window
"When the wings iced up, the pilot was forced to land his plane"

{v: layer} make or form a layer
"layer the different colored sands"

{v: move} change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
"We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"
"The basketball player moved from one team to another"
<-> stay

{v: pull} hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
"pull the ball"

{v: revet} face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain
"face an embankment"

{v: time} adjust so that a force is applied an an action occurs at the desired time
"The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"

{v: tin} prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface


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