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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Football The first in the series of four downs in which an offensive team must advance ten yards to retain possession of the ball.
  • n. Football A gain of ten or more yards entitling the offensive team to a new series of downs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The first play in a series that has a maximum of four downs.
  • n. The act of getting a first down by advancing the ball more than ten yards ahead of the field position where the team took possession.

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