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

  • n. Football One of the players positioned near the flanks behind the line of scrimmage.
  • n. Football The position held by this player.
  • n. Sports One of several players stationed behind the forward line, as in soccer or Rugby.
  • n. Sports The position held by this player.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An offensive back whose primary jobs are to carry the ball on running plays and to serve as a receiver or blocker on passing plays.
  • n. A defensive back whose primary jobs are to cover the slotback on passing plays and prevent running plays from going to the outside.
  • n. A position in field hockey, with both offensive and defensive roles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under 2d Back.
  • n.
  • n. A person who plays the position of halfback{2} on a football team.
  • n. The position of either of two players on a football team who typically begins each play behind the line and on either side of the quarterback.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See back, n., 12.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (American football) the position of a back on a football team
  • n. (football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position


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  • I called a halfback pass, and Larry Keys threw a two-point conversion pass to Unglaub to win the game, 21–20.

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  • They should listen to Pearce - who stands at the crossroads of becoming the state's long-term halfback - and hear what this second chance means to him. | Top Stories

  • '' We definitely did it the hard way, we should have done that a lot easier, '' the recalled halfback said.

    The Canberra Times - Front Page

  • The halfback was a revelation for Queensland this year, the heart and soul of the side, and he was sorely missed by the Wallabies when absent through injury at the start of the season. - Stuff

  • That means he must take the blame for calling a halfback option pass inside the red zone in the first quarter.

    NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories

  • Schaub hooked up with Johnson for a 53-yard gain in the fourth quarter, then Houston oddly called a halfback pass on first-and-goal at the 5.

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  • Welsh coach Warren Gatland says the days of Wales "fearing" Australia are long gone while recalled halfback Dwayne Peel bought into the same theme yesterday when spruiking that | Top Stories

  • Still has that "halfback" mentality when it comes to blocking (will give marginal effort), but has made slow improvement in recognizing his role as a fullback ...

  • "He's a different kind of halfback than the running backs we have and I think the opportunity is probably better here than it was in San Francisco," Reinfeldt said, noting the Niners have

  • In the past they have got off to slow starts before taking a good look at what was going wrong and sorting it out, but Kahui said this year they had focused on getting the game and leadership of key players such as halfback Brendon Leonard and first-five Stephen Donald where they needed to be right from the start. - Stuff


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