golf

[golf, gawlf; British also gof]
noun
1.
a game in which clubs with wooden or metal heads are used to hit a small, white ball into a number of holes, usually 9 or 18, in succession, situated at various distances over a course having natural or artificial obstacles, the object being to get the ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible.
2.
a word used in communications to represent the letter G.
verb (used without object)
3.
to play golf.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; of uncertain origin

golfer, noun
nongolfer, noun
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golf (ɡɒlf)
 
n
1.  a.  a game played on a large open course, the object of which is to hit a ball using clubs, with as few strokes as possible, into each of usually 18 holes
 b.  (as modifier): a golf bag
 
vb
2.  (intr) to play golf
 
[C15: perhaps from Middle Dutch colfclub]

Golf (ɡɒlf)
 
n
communications a code word for the letter g

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Word Origin & History

golf
1457, Scot. gouf, usually taken as an alteration of M.Du. colf, colve "stick, club, bat," from P.Gmc. *kulth- (cf. O.N. kolfr "clapper of a bell," Ger. Kolben "mace, club"). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scot. statute on forbidden games.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GOLF
global oscillations at low frequency
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Example sentences
Never stop in the middle of a tennis or golf match and complain of a lame
  ankle, especially if you are losing.
Or you can react rationally and not play golf in a lightning storm.
Then you play a round of miniature golf with new friends you've made on the
  trip.
Others head out for a round of golf or a game of hoops.
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