third umpire



  • noun an off-field umpire who can be asked by the on-field umpires to adjudicate, with the benefit of television replays, on close decisions, specifically in cases of run-outs, stumpings, and hit wicket dismissals. Some catches and boundary decisions (e.g., when it is hard to tell whether a ball cleared the boundary for a six, or even reached the boundary for a four) can also be referred to the third umpire.
    Citation ‘The nightwatchman, dropped by Boon at short leg when 8, survived a third-umpire referral for a stumping’ (WCM March 1994)