from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Sports A person appointed to rule on plays, especially in baseball.
- noun A person appointed to settle a dispute that mediators have been unable to resolve; an arbitrator.
- intransitive verb To act as referee for; rule or judge.
- intransitive verb To be or act as a referee or an arbitrator.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To decide as umpire; settle, as a dispute. Specifically To enforce the rules of (a game), and decide disputed points: as, to
umpirea game of baseball.
- To act as umpire.
- noun A person to whose sole decision a controversy or question between parties is referred; one agreed upon as a judge, arbiter, or referee in case of conflict of opinions; specifically, a person selected to see that the rules of a game, as cricket or base-ball, are enforced, and to decide disputed or debatable points.
- noun In law, a third person called in to decide a controversy or question submitted to arbitrators when the arbitrators do not agree in opinion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To act as umpire or arbitrator.
- noun A person to whose sole decision a controversy or question between parties is referred; especially, one chosen to see that the rules of a game, as cricket, baseball, or the like, are strictly observed.
- noun (Law) A third person, who is to decide a controversy or question submitted to arbitrators in case of their disagreement.
- transitive verb To decide as umpire; to arbitrate; to settle, as a dispute.
- transitive verb colloq. To perform the duties of umpire in or for.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun tennis The official who
presidesover a tennisgame sat on a high chair.
- noun cricket One of the two white-coated
officialswho presideover a cricket match.
- noun baseball One of usually 4
officialswho presideover a baseballgame.
- noun American football The official who stands behind the line on the defensive side.
- noun Australian rules football A match official on the ground deciding and enforcing the rules during play. As of 2007 the Australian Football League uses 3, or in the past 2 or just 1. The other officials, the
goal umpiresand boundary umpires, are normally not called just umpires alone.
- noun law A person who
arbitratesbetween contending parties
- verb sports To act as an umpire in a game.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
- noun an official at a baseball game
- noun someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
"I don't think there's any question that moving the umpire is causing that number to go up," Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee, told Maske.
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Maybe they are practicing nonviolent disobedience and the umpire is behaving violently.
The first umpire believes he can call an objective reality; the second umpire is aware that perception is involved.
But remember the umpire is not arbitrating warring parties.
Of course the umpire is protected against acts of violence by the state -- we all are, at least in theory.
Careless says: devoman: Alan, The first umpire believes he can call an objective reality; the second umpire is aware that perception is involved.
McKay said he thinks the decision to reposition the umpire from the defensive side of the ball to the offensive backfield, a move made for safety reasons, has not affected the mechanics of play during games.
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But if he kicks off the umpire for obviously bad reasons (e.g. the umpire is not sufficiently biased toward the home team) then he might get in trouble with the league, with the fans, and so on.
'' I've seen times, probably, when they didn't call that, but the umpire is standing right there on it, '' Manuel said.
A batter becomes a runner when the third strike called by the umpire is not caught, providing (1) first base is unoccupied, or (2) first base is occupied with two out.