or ball park
- a tract of land where ball games, especially baseball, are played.
- a baseball stadium.
- Informal. being an approximation, based on an educated guess: Give me a ballpark figure on our total expenses for next year.
- in the ballpark, Informal. within reasonable, acceptable, or expected limits: The price may go up another $10, but that's still in the ballpark.
Origin of ballpark
Examples from the Web for ballpark
Still, the numbers give you a rough idea of the ballpark expenditure.See How Much It’ll Cost to Book Your Favorite Musical Act, From Taylor Swift to Phosphorescent
May 21, 2014
Happy birthday Wrigley Field, but are you too beautiful of a ballpark?100 Years of Wrigley Field: Are the Chicago Cubs Horrible Because of the Ballpark?
March 28, 2014
As far as the NSA is concerned, they might not be in that ballpark at all.How the NSA Recruits in a Post-Snowden World
January 17, 2014
Ruth signed a bunch of autographs, then went to the ballpark and hit a home run, his 53rd.Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records
September 29, 2013
His ballpark estimate includes dedicated equipment, software and payroll system modifications.E-Verify mandate: 'Pain in the neck' for Main Street
July 18, 2013
- US and Canadian a stadium used for baseball games
- approximate rangein the right ballpark
- (as modifier)a ballpark figure
- informal a situation; state of affairsit's a whole new ballpark for him
Word Origin and History for ballpark
"baseball stadium," 1899, from (base)ball + park (n.). Figurative sense of "acceptable range of approximation" first recorded 1954, originally in the jargon of atomic weapons scientists, perhaps originally referring to area within which a missile was expected to return to earth; the reference is to broad but reasonably predictable dimensions.
The result, according to the author's estimate, is a stockpile equivalent to one billion tons of TNT. Assuming this estimate is "in the ball park," clearly there is valid reason for urging candor on the part of our government. [Ralph E. Lapp, "Atomic Candor," in "Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists," October 1954]