overarm

Definitions

Cricket

  • adjective using the normal method of bowling, in which the arm is raised almost vertically above the shoulder before swinging forward and downward as it delivers the ball. Overarm bowling was finally legalised in 1864, but had been tolerated with varying degrees of resistance ever since the legalisation of roundarm bowling in 1835.
    Citation ‘Over-arm bowling … returned cricket to being a side-on game, in which bowlers and batsmen exploit the wicket-to-wicket axis’ (Marqusee 1994)
    Citation ‘England added the third stump, the straight bat, overhand bowling and other essentials’ (Andrew Lang, Blackwell’s Magazine October 1901)
    See bowling

Sports

  • adjective beginning a stroke in swimming with the arm raised above the shoulder and rotating forward
  • adjective thrown or done with the arm raised above the shoulder and rotating forward
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