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

  • noun Extra play added to determine the winner of a tied game, often with the victory awarded to the first to score.

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  • noun Instantaneous, unexpected death not caused by violence.
  • noun sports The climax of a game, in which the next team to score instantly wins; often in an extra period of time following a tie at the end of the regular period of play.

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

  • noun (sports) overtime in which play is stopped as soon as one contestant scores; e.g. football and golf


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