Definitions

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

  • noun A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
  • noun A series of games played to determine a championship.

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  • noun A final game in a series needed to break a tie.
  • noun US A short series of games to select a league champion.

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

  • noun any final competition to determine a championship

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Examples

  • The authors are adamant that not only could bowl games continue to co-exist with a playoff, they argue that a playoff is actually necessary in order to save the bowl games.

    Brian Frederick: Death to the BCS? Here, Here!

  • The authors are adamant that not only could bowl games continue to co-exist with a playoff, they argue that a playoff is actually necessary in order to save the bowl games.

    Brian Frederick: Death to the BCS? Here, Here!

  • Cashman was asked if it was unfair that the first round of the playoff is a best-of-five series when the next two rounds are best-of-seven, and he only laughed.

    USATODAY.com - Yankees again under scrutiny

  • For fans that believe a playoff is the only way to end the controversy, realize that there will always be controversy in the method of selecting teams, where to play and if it is the right way to select a champion.

    USATODAY.com - BCS is the best we have

  • Sure, there are flaws, but without a playoff is there a better way?

    Feeling left out at Virginia Tech

  • This is about football -- about two six-team divisions and a title playoff to share the spotlight on what has become championship Saturday.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • This is about football -- about two six-team divisions and a title playoff to share the spotlight on what has become championship Saturday.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • This is about football -- about two six-team divisions and a title playoff to share the spotlight on what has become championship Saturday.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • He averaged 13.4 points on 32 percent shooting over his last seven playoff games, and criticized Atlanta fans who booed him and the team for the worst home loss in playoff history, a 105-75 rout in Game 3.

    Hawks face uncertain future after blowout loss

  • Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Must prove he can win playoff games and must do it without WR Terrell Owens.

    QB power rankings: There's Peyton, Tom and all the rest

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