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Definition 1: an act that violates the rules of a sport - [noun denoting act]

(foul is a kind of ...) an act that disregards an agreement or a right

"he claimed a violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment"

(... is a kind of foul ) (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field

(... is a kind of foul ) a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football)

(... is a kind of foul ) (basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play

(foul belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 2: become soiled and dirty - [verb of change]

(foul is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 3: make unclean - [verb of change]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • foul the water

(foul is a kind of ...) make soiled, filthy, or dirty

"don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

Definition 4: spot, stain, or pollute - [verb of change]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is a kind of ...) bring shame or dishonor upon

"he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

Definition 5: make impure - [verb of change]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The industrial wastes polluted the lake

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is a kind of ...) make soiled, filthy, or dirty

"don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

(... is a kind of foul ) contaminate with a disease or microorganism

Definition 6: commit a foul; break the rules - [verb of competition]

(foul is a kind of ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(... is a kind of foul ) kick on the shins

(... is a kind of foul ) kick on the arms

Definition 7: hit a foul ball - [verb of competition]

(foul is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(... is a kind of foul ) baseball: hit a ball such that it is caught from an out in foul territory

(foul belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 8: become or cause to become obstructed - [verb of contact]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The leaves clog our drains in the Fall
  • The water pipe is backed up

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is a kind of ...) block passage through

"obstruct the path"

(... is a kind of foul ) stick together as if with gum

"the inside of the pipe has gummed up"

(... is a kind of foul ) become obstructed or chocked up

"The drains clogged up"

(... is a kind of foul ) obstruct

"My nose is all stuffed" "Her arteries are blocked"

(... is a kind of foul ) become chocked with silt

"The river silted up"

Definition 9: (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines - [adjective denoting all]

(foul is similar to ...) outside the foul lines

(foul belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 10: disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as filthy as a pigsty
  • a foul pond
  • a nasty pigsty of a room

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

"dirty unswept sidewalks" "a child in dirty overalls" "dirty slums" "piles of dirty dishes" "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet" "wore an unclean shirt" "mining is a dirty job" "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

Definition 11: characterized by obscenity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had a filthy mouth
  • foul language
  • smutty jokes

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

"dirty words" "a dirty old man" "dirty books and movies" "boys telling dirty jokes" "has a dirty mouth"

Definition 12: (of a manuscript) defaced with changes - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • foul (or dirty) copy

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible

"illegible handwriting"

Definition 13: offensively malodorous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a foul odor
  • the kitchen smelled really funky

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) having an unpleasant smell

Definition 14: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a disgusting smell
  • distasteful language
  • a loathsome disease
  • the idea of eating meat is repellent to me
  • revolting food
  • a wicked stench

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

"offensive odors"

Definition 15: especially of a ship's lines etc - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • with its sails afoul
  • a foul anchor

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) in a confused mass

"pushed back her tangled hair" "the tangled ropes"

Definition 16: violating accepted standards or rules - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where foul or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dirty fighter
  • used foul means to gain power
  • a nasty unsporting serve
  • fined for unsportsmanlike behavior

Synonyms for foul in the sense of this definition

(foul is similar to ...) not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception

"used unfair methods" "it was an unfair trial" "took an unfair advantage"

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