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

  • adjective Being or occurring beyond the designated boundaries, as of the playing area in a sport.
  • adjective Violating acceptable rules or standards, as of behavior.

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

  • adjective (Sports) outside the delimited playing field.
  • adjective predicate barred to a designated group.
  • adjective Beyond the limits of the expected standard of taste or propriety.

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  • adverb beyond designated limits

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

  • noun a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field
  • adjective outside the foul lines
  • adjective barred to a designated group


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