from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb & adjective Sports Illegally ahead of the ball or puck in the attacking zone.
  • adverb & adjective Football Illegally beyond the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped or ahead of the ball when the ball is kicked on a kickoff.
  • noun An offside motion or play.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • On the wrong side; specifically, in foot-ball and hockey, between the ball and the opponents' goal during the play. A player off-side is prohibited from touching the ball or an opponent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Sports) Illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or ahead of the ball or puck; -- in sports such as football or hockey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective sports In an illegal position ahead of the ball
  • adjective US To the side of the road, past the curb and sidewalk, e.g. an offside diner (restaurant.)
  • adjective bridge Unfavourably located, from the point of view of the player taking a finesse.
  • noun sports An offside play
  • noun UK the right side of a road vehicle when facing in the same direction as the vehicle

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

  • adverb illegally in advance of the ball or puck
  • adjective illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or ahead of the ball or puck
  • noun (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)


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