American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A game played on a large outdoor course with a series of 9 or 18 holes spaced far apart, the object being to propel a small, hard ball with the use of various clubs into each hole with as few strokes as possible.
- v. To play this game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game played over an extensive stretch of ground in which holes about 4 inches in diameter are placed at distances from 100 to 500 yards apart. It is played by one or two on a side, with special implements called
clubs, and with balls of guttapercha weighing l¾oz., or a little less. The object is to drive the ball from each hole to and into the next; and the hole or the round (usually of 9 or 18 holes) is won by the player or side that accomplishes this in the fewest strokes. A considerable variety of clubs is used (the driver, spoon, cleek, niblick, putter, etc.), according to the exigencies of the game. Golf had its birth on the grass-covered sandy downs or “links” of the seaboard of Scotland, but is now extensively played in England and in the United States.
- To play at golf.
- n. sports A ball game played by individuals competing against one another in which the object is to hit a ball into each of a series of (usually 18 or nine) holes in the minimum number of strokes.
- n. The letter G in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
- v. To play golf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A game played with a small ball and a bat or club crooked at the lower end. He who drives the ball into each of a series of small holes in the ground and brings it into the last hole with the fewest strokes is the winner.
- v. To play at golf.
- n. a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
- v. play golf
- The word is first known in English from the 15th century from Scots. Although the etymology is uncertain, the most likely origin is that it comes from the Middle Dutch colve or colf ("club"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I agree seeing someone other than Caucasian in golf is a good thing.”
“The word golf derives from the Dutch word kolf or kolve, meaning club.”
“' I think he's a better player than I was, '' Nicklaus conceded after two days of playing with the man whose sole purpose in golf is to break his record of”
“Another reason history flourishes in golf is that the major championships return to familiar venues, reviving golden memories of momentous victories and, yes, unforgettable blunders.”
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“He drives what he calls a golf-cart car, a Prius, and he made The 11th Hour, a detailed documentary about our planet in crisis.”
“And a big congratulations also to Argentina's Angel Cabrera who last night clinched The Masters title in golf after a tense play-off in Augusta, Georgia.”
“Jonathan Weisman looks at what we can expect from what some are calling a "golf summit".”
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“Stake in Accordia Golf Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is selling its 44.7% stake in Japanese golf-course operator Accordia Golf Co., in which the U.S. firm invested nearly a decade ago.”
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