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

  • noun Sports The act of protecting a goal, as in hockey and other such sports.
  • noun Basketball An illegal play in which a player touches the ball when it is on a downward path to the basket or when it is on, above, or within the area over the opening of the rim of the basket.

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  • noun basketball A violation which occurs when a player interferes with the movement of the ball toward the basket
  • verb Present participle of goaltend.


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