Definition of goal in English:
1(In football, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and typically with a net between, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.
- Mr Foxley said there were still some problems with organising the event including installing a set of rugby or American Football posts instead of the football goals.
- The most evident of these is the newly designed entrance, whose metal frame resembles a football goal.
- Shots are made at soccer-style goals rather than a basket and there are seven players in each team.
1.1An instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, especially as a unit of scoring in a game: the decisive opening goal we won by three goals to two
More example sentences
- But the good thing for the strikers is that we are so sound defensively we don't have to score five goals to win a game.
- For the record, the Brazilian Ronaldo scored two goals in that World Cup final win two years ago.
- They did score the opening goal of the game after ten minutes of play in the first half.
1.2A cage or basket used as a goal in other sports.
- Usually, basketball is played on a rectangular court with a basketball goal at either end.
- First question, how many goals are on a basketball court, one, two, three or four?
- The sections of netting are connected to the vertically mounted poles or to the basketball goal.
2The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result: he achieved his goal of becoming King of England
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- You move ahead in a single-pointed manner to achieve professional goals and ambitions.
- A slow and steady approach allows you to fulfill ambitions and achieve professional goals.
- It inevitably acts as a barrier to achieving ambitious economic goals.
2.2 literary A point marking the end of a race.
- The competitors are allotted a start time and it is a race to the goal.
- Example sentences
- Carlin's fumble was nodded goalwards by Charlie Christie, the ball struck the bar and Garry Tweedie's efforts to prevent it crossing the line were in vain.
- The former Burnley striker out-jumped his marker and looped a header goalwards that struck the crossbar and then bounced in off the back of a flummoxed Friedel.
- Stanley spent the rest of the game camped in Town's half and sent a barrage of attempts goalwards, more so after Damien Dashti was sent off with nine minutes remaining.
Middle English (in the sense 'limit, boundary'): of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with goalbarcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole
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