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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a tennis/cricket/golf/rugby etc ball
▪ She was practising hitting golf balls.
England and Wales Cricket Board, the
football/cricket/rugby etc pitch
▪ the world-famous Wembley football pitch
the football/cricket etc season
▪ The football season will be starting soon.
▪ It turned out to be a fascinating insight into the way in which the best cricket team in the world prepared themselves.
▪ The one best cricket bat of his youth was becoming the one best Midvale.
▪ The team is being coached by Rachel Heyhoe Flint, one of the best female cricket players in the country.
▪ If the people of Antigua had not seen the victory they wanted, they had at least enjoyed some good fighting cricket.
▪ The school was very good at cricket, Ramsey was not.
▪ He was not a good fielder at cricket.
▪ Good-natured critics in the dressing-room wink and ask him why he saves all his best cricket for New Zealand.
▪ The Oval was a good cricket wicket despite the stories that it was being prepared for Laker and Lock.
▪ This was Trescothick's first failure in international cricket in his seven outings, so let's not carp too much.
▪ He will certainly need to be well prepared for the task which faces him, with international cricket politics becoming increasingly complex.
▪ However, this began to trail off towards the end of June due to outside distractions - Wimbledon tennis and International cricket.
▪ Gatting and his former colleagues will be eligible to play international cricket again from Oct 1.
▪ It was the same with our local village cricket team.
▪ Now the hard leather cricket ball had inflamed this old injury.
▪ Can his death really be blamed on a cricket ball?
▪ Winston Churchill, with extraordinary perspicacity, wrote at the time: Meeting an artillery attack is like catching a cricket ball.
▪ Meeting an artillery attack is like catching a cricket ball.
▪ There were no houses, no people, no hills, and not a rock bigger than a cricket ball.
▪ Taking a cricket bat to the audition isn't a bad idea although you can get the same effect with an umbrella.
▪ The one best cricket bat of his youth was becoming the one best Midvale.
▪ Richardson was the inventor of the cane-spliced cricket bat and a catapult for bowling which was successfully used for many years.
▪ The following Summer in London, while shopping for a cricket bat, his journal fills with prices and estimates of quality.
▪ Opposite: The cricket bat was made by John Wisden &038; Co.
▪ Peters &038; Son, a store carrying ship models and archery equipment along with cricket bats, particularly draws his attention.
▪ Suddenly I was jumping, yelling out as the flagstone beat my feet like a cudgel or stone cricket bat.
▪ In the event, Hilary rummaged around in the gym and found a cricket bat and ball.
▪ He was a former cricket captain of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
▪ Five years ago rugby club chiefs were in favour of selling but the cricket club committee was firmly against.
▪ Glenn Ferguson - staying put A new era is dawning at Strabane cricket club.
▪ Nobody could ever have thought that joining a cricket club was like opening a Sunday paper colour supplement.
▪ Home was suddenly less inviting than the cricket club.
▪ During 1915 many Dunedin cricket clubs had to withdraw teams as so many players were enlisting.
▪ He had a white panama hat with the colours of the Southsea cricket club on the hat band.
▪ An informal group formed this week has been mobilising the support of cricket clubs throughout the island to stay away from the game.
▪ They desperately need a top-class fast bowler and ordered their cricket committee to come up with a suitable candidate.
▪ Benjamin had powerful backing in the Yorkshire cricket committee.
▪ Graveney feels that in county cricket there is not the same class of speed attack as is found in Test cricket.
▪ A part of the difficulty in leaving county cricket lies in its consuming characteristic.
▪ Essex are the county cricket champions.
▪ Viv Richards: no more county cricket?
▪ Cricket was even less open to the winds of free competition. County cricket made little concession to spectators.
▪ And here, along with many others, he is highly critical of the structure of county cricket.
▪ Nearby is the county cricket ground.
▪ But he is a keen cricket fan.
▪ There have been a few uneasy ripples around the cricket fields of Glamorgan this season, of course.
▪ Time allowed 00:08 Read in studio Gloucestershire are continuing to struggle on the cricket field.
▪ All we saw was the inside of the hotel and the inside of a cricket ground.
▪ Developers Foinavon have slapped in a £5m bid for first-class cricket ground Acklam Park in Middlesbrough.
▪ Nearby is the county cricket ground.
▪ Seemed to be on kissing terms with half the chaps in the cricket ground, when we got there.
▪ He leased a field in the area and turned it into a cricket ground.
▪ It's within reach of the cricket ground at Taunton.
▪ One man had taken photographs in the churchyard ... and at that cricket match when Flyte had been scoring.
▪ Let Lopwitz watch all the cricket matches he wants to!
▪ Looking down, Branson could see a cricket match in progress in the grounds.
▪ He is at the cricket match today?
▪ There his spot was to organize a Tonbridge v Clifton cricket match, news of which hit the national press.
▪ Tomorrow, which was a Saturday, David was going to a cricket match at Luke's school.
▪ He walked off and I gazed blankly at the cricket match.
▪ First a cricket match with a murder at the end of it, then having to face Mama.
▪ The garden will double as go-kart track, cricket pitch, tennis court.
▪ He looked as if he had just walked off the cricket pitch.
▪ In abeyance at the moment is a cricket pitch.
▪ There is a playing field with equipment for the younger members of the community, and a football and cricket pitch.
▪ There is a cricket pitch in a village green setting and small zoo for the children.
▪ The new building will serve the existing football and cricket pitches, tennis court and bowling green.
▪ Lord Beresford was disposed to chat about the forthcoming cricket season, but was briskly recalled to his duties.
▪ Admittedly it was only March, but the cricket season could never come too early for Hilary.
▪ Dora Westbourne was a catch in one way, but in the cricket season a decided liability.
▪ Philippa had once been captain of Cheltenham Ladies' College cricket team.
▪ It turned out to be a fascinating insight into the way in which the best cricket team in the world prepared themselves.
▪ Read in studio Voice over Kevin Maxwell has caused a stir by turning out for his village cricket team.
▪ He is opening bat in his school's cricket team and is Bedfordshire Schools' table tennis champion.
▪ I had been thrown off the cricket team at school for making daisy chains on the boundary.
▪ Diane Mynors saved us from oblivion by playing in the Oxford Women's first eleven cricket team which defeated Cambridge.
▪ It was the same with our local village cricket team.
▪ Perhaps, thought Robert, Mr Mafouz had bought his son into an unassailable position on the cricket team.
▪ Lord's celebrated its centenary of Test cricket and produced a match worthy of the occasion.
▪ When we have been on the losing side in county or Test cricket nothing has been said.
▪ It was a great advertisement for Test cricket, with the instant variety of the World Cup just around the corner.
▪ We spent beyond our means when I was playing Test cricket before and earning good money.
▪ From 92 for 9 to 209 for 9 represented one of the oddest innings in Test cricket.
▪ He expects the jump from county to Test cricket to be another step up in terms of bowling and concentration.
▪ It revealed their inexperience, captain Wessels admitted, and showed them that standards in Test cricket were very high.
▪ However, the shadow of war was beginning to cloud the cricket world.
▪ The cricket world cup is an absolute must.
▪ Still only 22, Ramprakash has the cricket world at his feet.
▪ This week's, though, is one of my favourites - the cricket World Cup.
▪ For one thing, it's cricket World Cup.
▪ He is married with three children and enjoys gardening and cricket.
▪ Now he's enjoying his cricket.
▪ Outside politics, he enjoys opera, cricket and real ale.
▪ Not only has Malvern College gone co-educational, but the girls are actually being allowed to play cricket.
▪ Boys in bare feet are playing cricket in the grounds of the university.
▪ We spent beyond our means when I was playing Test cricket before and earning good money.
▪ There was time for one innings only if you were playing cricket.
▪ Mr. Scott I play cricket with the hon. Gentleman, and I know that he understands the laws of that game.
▪ When he played cricket at school, he opened the bowing and the batting.
▪ I remember occasionally, very occasionally, he used to play cricket with me on the lawn.
▪ Now Martin is looking forward to spending his retirement enjoying outside interests which will include travelling, walking and watching cricket.
▪ Let Lopwitz watch all the cricket matches he wants to!
▪ That explains why for six months in a year we watch cricket and for the next six talk about it.
▪ Everybody who is watching that particular channel at that particular time has tuned in to watch the cricket.
▪ There are two ways of watching cricket on television.
▪ Grayshott quiz double Grayshott Youth made it a club double when they won the junior inter-club cricket quiz on Tuesday night.
▪ After retiring, he became a radio commentator on cricket and rugby and also wrote about both sports for Sunday newspapers.
▪ At the reception, to entertain the bridesmaids, I ate a black cricket the size of my thumb.
▪ He gets his first taste of inter-pro cricket.
▪ In 1937 county cricket was estimated to have lost £30,000.
▪ It is a hum like the sound of crickets in the summer, a sound urging men to joy and mirth.
▪ Outside, the crickets chirped monotonously, with a Webern-like inconsistency yet precision of rhythm.
▪ Think of five-day cricket on television.
▪ We spent beyond our means when I was playing Test cricket before and earning good money.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cricket \Crick"et\, n. [AS. cricc, crycc, crooked staff, crutch. Perh. first used in sense 1, a stool probably having been first used as a wicket. See Crutch.]

  1. A low stool.

  2. A game much played in England, and sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.

  3. (Arch.) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from behind an obstacle, such as a chimney.


Cricket \Crick"et\ (kr?k"?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See Creak.] (Zo["o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied gener

  1. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.

    Note: The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are Gryllus niger, Gryllus neglectus, and others.

    Balm cricket. See under Balm.

    Cricket bird, a small European bird ( Silvia locustella); -- called also grasshopper warbler.

    Cricket frog, a small American tree frog ( Acris gryllus); -- so called from its chirping.


Cricket \Crick"et\, v. i. To play at cricket.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) "a cricket," from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.


the game, 1590s, apparently from Old French criquet "goal post, stick," perhaps from Middle Dutch/Middle Flemish cricke "stick, staff," perhaps from the same root as crutch. Sense of "fair play" is first recorded 1851, on notion of "cricket as it should be played."


Etymology 1 n. 1 An insect in the order Orthoptera, especially family (taxlink Gryllidae family noshow=1), that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs. 2 A wooden footstool. 3 A signalling device used by soldiers in hostile territory to identify themselves to a friendly in low visibility conditions 4 A relatively small area of a roof constructed to divert water from a horizontal intersection of the roof with a chimney, wall, expansion joint or other projection. 5 (context US slang in the plural English) Absolute silence; no communication. See crickets. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context sports English) A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries. 2 (context chiefly British English) An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport. vb. (context rare intransitive English) To play the game of cricket.

  1. n. leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together

  2. a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs

  3. v. play cricket

Cricket, NC -- U.S. Census Designated Place in North Carolina
Population (2000): 2053
Housing Units (2000): 951
Land area (2000): 3.989066 sq. miles (10.331632 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.989066 sq. miles (10.331632 sq. km)
FIPS code: 15440
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 36.162968 N, 81.183077 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cricket, NC
Cricket (disambiguation)

Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport contested by two teams.

Cricket or crickets may also refer to:

  • Cricket (insect), family Gryllidae, also known as "true crickets"
    • Tettigoniidae, known as katydids or bush-crickets
Cricket (magazine)

Cricket is an illustrated literary magazine for children published in the United States, founded in September 1973 by Marianne Carus whose intent was to create " The New Yorker for children."

Cricket (darts)

Cricket is a darts game that uses the standard 20 number dartboard with the triple and double rings. It is known by various names in Britain, including "Mickey Mouse", "Tactics" "Horse and Carriage", "Coach and Horses", "The Game", "Faldo", "Beds and Bulls" and "Oscar Boscar".

Cricket (roofing)

A cricket or saddle is a ridge structure designed to divert water on a roof around the high side of a chimney or the transition from one roof area to another, the cricket is normally the same pitch as the rest of the roof, but not always. Smaller crickets are covered with metal flashing, and larger ones can be covered with the same material as the rest of the roof.

Cricket (1914 automobile)

The Cricket was a cyclecar manufactured in Detroit, Michigan, by the Cricket Cyclecar Company in 1914. It was a small cyclecar driven by a two-cylinder engine with a two-speed transmission. The vehicle sold for $385 ($8520.00 in 2009 currency). The company combined late in 1914 with the Motor Products Company who manufactured motorcycles.

Cricket (musical)

Cricket, also called Cricket (Hearts and Wickets), is a short musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It was commissioned for Queen Elizabeth's 60th birthday celebration, and was first performed at Windsor Castle on 18 June 1986.

Several of the tunes from the show were later used for Aspects of Love, so the work was dropped from public performance or recording. Cricket was the last original musical Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote together .

Cricket (series)

The EA Cricket is a series of cricket video games published by EA Sports and designed for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2 platforms. Until now, 8 different games of the series have been released.

Cricket (warning sound)

A cricket is a type of cockpit audio alert onboard commercial aircraft such as those of Airbus. Its sound is intentionally designed to be extremely difficult for pilots to ignore. The "chirp chirp" sound is named after the insect that it imitates.

Cricket (insect)

Crickets (also known as "true crickets"), of the family Gryllidae, are insects related to bush crickets, and, more distantly, to grasshoppers. The Gryllidae have mainly cylindrical bodies, round heads, and long antennae. Behind the head is a smooth, robust pronotum. The abdomen ends in a pair of long cerci (spikes); females have a long, cylindrical ovipositor. The hind legs have enlarged femora (thighs), providing power for jumping. The front wings are adapted as tough, leathery elytra (wing covers), and some crickets chirp by rubbing parts of these together. The hind wings are membranous and folded when not in use for flight; many species, however, are flightless. The largest members of the family are the bull crickets, Brachytrupes, which are up to long.

More than 900 species of crickets are described; the Gryllidae are distributed all around the world except at latitudes 55° or higher, with the greatest diversity being in the tropics. They occur in varied habitats from grassland, bushes, and forests to marshes, beaches, and caves. Crickets are mainly nocturnal, and are best known for the loud, persistent, chirping song of males trying to attract females, although some species are mute. The singing species have good hearing, via the tympani (eardrums) on the tibiae of the front legs.

Crickets often appear as characters in literature. The Talking Cricket features in Carlo Collodi's 1883 children's book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and in films based on the book. The eponymous insect is central to Charles Dickens's 1845 The Cricket on the Hearth, as is the chirping insect in George Selden's 1960 The Cricket in Times Square. Crickets are celebrated in poems by William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Du Fu. They are kept as pets in countries from China to Europe, sometimes for cricket fighting. Crickets are efficient at converting their food into body mass, making them a candidate for food production. They are used as food in Southeast Asia, where they are sold deep-fried in markets as snacks. They are also used to feed carnivorous pets and zoo animals. In Brazilian folklore, crickets feature as omens of various events.


Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end. One team, designated the batting team, attempts to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents field. Each phase of play is called an innings. After either ten batsmen have been dismissed or a set number of overs have been completed, the innings ends and the two teams then swap roles. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs, including any extras gained, during their period batting.

At the start of each game, two batsmen and eleven fielders enter the field of play. The play begins when a designated member of the fielding team, known as the bowler, delivers the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, towards a set of wooden stumps, in front of which stands one of the batsmen, known as the striker. The striker's role is to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps through use of his bat, and simultaneously strike it sufficiently well to score runs. The other batsman, known as the non-striker, waits at the opposite end of the pitch by the bowler. The bowler's intention is to both prevent the scoring of runs and to dismiss the batsman, at which point the dismissed batsman has to leave the field and another teammate replaces him at the crease.

The most common forms of dismissal are bowled, when the bowler hits the stumps directly with the ball, leg before wicket, when the batsman prevents the ball from hitting the stumps with his body instead of his bat, and caught, when the batsman hits the ball into the air and it is intercepted by a fielder before touching the ground. Runs are scored through two main methods: either hitting the ball sufficiently powerfully that it crosses the boundary, or through the two batsmen swapping ends by each simultaneously running the length of the pitch in opposite directions whilst the fielders are retrieving the ball. If a fielder is able to retrieve the ball sufficiently quickly and put down the wicket with either batsman out of his ground, a run-out occurs. Adjudication is performed on-field by two umpires.

The laws of cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). There are various formats ranging from Twenty20, played over a few hours with each team having a single innings of 20 overs, to Test cricket, played over five days with unlimited overs and the teams playing two innings apiece. Traditionally, cricketers play in all-white kit but in limited overs cricket they wear club or team colours. In addition to the basic kit, some players wear protective gear to prevent injury caused by the ball which is a hard, solid object made of compressed leather enclosing a cork core.

Although cricket's origins are uncertain, it is first recorded in south-east England in the 16th century. It spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire, leading to the first international matches in the mid-19th century. ICC, the game's governing body, has over 100 members, ten of which are full members who play Test cricket. Women's cricket, which is organised and played separately, has also achieved international standard. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport, after association football, and is followed primarily in Australasia, Great Britain and Ireland, the Indian subcontinent, southern Africa and the West Indies.

Usage examples of "cricket".

Only the rustle of creatures alongshore and the noise of crickets or an occasional frog could be heard.

Long after dark, when frogs and crickets had joined the song of the mighty river, Arain came from the temple.

The silence was interrupted only by a chirping cricket somewhere in the distant brush, and the disciple remembered the hours he had spent in a similar posture listening for the footsteps of the Baptist returning from his solitude to the Bethabara cave.

An orchestra, discreetly subdued but innumerable, of crickets and cicalas, accompanies them in an unceasing tremolo--the immense, far-reaching tremolo, which, gentle and eternal, never ceases in Japan.

I had learned the basics, but knitting for me was still a pitched battle with knotted thread and slippery needles, not the soothing, dreamy exercise that Jamie and Ian made of it, needles clicketing away in their big hands by the fire, comforting as the sound of crickets on the hearth.

Mixture of sounds: man and boy relieving selves, woman singing softly to baby, baby sucking and cooing, crickets, hoot of owl, breeze through leaves .

Cricket gestured to the practical brown dress made of muslin delaine, a soft, lightweight wool.

After them march the guilds and trades and trainbands with flying colours: coopers, bird fanciers, millwrights, newspaper canvassers, law scriveners, masseurs, vintners, trussmakers, chimneysweeps, lard refiners, tabinet and poplin weavers, farriers, Italian warehousemen, church decorators, bootjack manufacturers, undertakers, silk mercers, lapidaries, salesmasters, corkcutters, assessors of fire losses, dyers and cleaners, export bottlers, fellmongers, ticketwriters, heraldic seal engravers, horse repository hands, bullion brokers, cricket and archery outfitters, riddlemakers, egg and potato factors, hosiers and glovers, plumbing contractors.

Marcella and Victor called out the names of every fish in sight, about fifty in all: iridescent sardines and anchovies flashing silver and turquoise, flying fish with pointed beaks and snails creeping nowhere in their glossy spotted shells, tiny gray shrimp jumping like crickets and huge blue shrimp too stately to move, clams with shells bearing Navajo designs and scallops as small as aspirins, delicate flatfish for grilling or frying and bony striped fish for soup or risotto, diamond-shaped turbot and broad fans of skate, ink-stained cuttlefish, octopus, squid.

In the eagerness of their expectation the clock ticked louder than ever, the cricket chirped with more jubilant activity, the wind whistled shriller, the ghylls rumbled longer, but no welcomer sound broke the stillness.

We never quite worked out with whom, it was always supposed to be someone older than ourselves, like Paul Everingham and Bob Goodhead who were in form six at Jeppe High and both had their school colours for rugby and cricket.

It was Japanese portable with a keyboard the length of a cricket bat, a complex mess of ASCII, kanji, katakana, hiragana and arcane function keys.

Mouse and Bird put their cloaks over the straw and Cricket urged Lisper to lie down on it.

Cricket can make people believe she looks like somebody else, and Lisper can make people think nobody was there at all.

Without a word, Yareth passed Cricket to Loric again and he put her behind him while Flame rode, as usual, on the saddlebow.