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[beys-bawl]
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noun
  1. a game of ball between two nine-player teams played usually for nine innings on a field that has as a focal point a diamond-shaped infield with a home plate and three other bases, 90 feet (27 meters) apart, forming a circuit that must be completed by a base runner in order to score, the central offensive action entailing hitting of a pitched ball with a wooden or metal bat and running of the bases, the winner being the team scoring the most runs.
  2. the ball used in this game, being a sphere approximately 3 inches (7 cm) in diameter with a twine-covered center of cork covered by stitched horsehide.
  3. Cards. a variety of five-card or seven-card stud poker in which nines and threes are wild and in which threes and fours dealt face up gain the player either penalties or privileges.
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Origin of baseball

First recorded in 1795–1805; base1 + ball1
Related formspro·base·ball, adjective
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Examples from the Web for baseball

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  • Then Ned, from a baseball standpoint of safety, did what might be termed a foolish thing.

  • It would have been impossible to throw a baseball from one end to the other.

  • He is trying to get your place as captain of the baseball club.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • Anyway, I advise you to resign as captain of the baseball club.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • They show the true sport in their games of football and baseball.


British Dictionary definitions for baseball

baseball

noun
  1. a team game with nine players on each side, played on a field with four bases connected to form a diamond. The object is to score runs by batting the ball and running round the bases
  2. the hard rawhide-covered ball used in this game
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Word Origin and History for baseball

n.

in the modern sense, 1845, American English, from base (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier references, e.g. in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey," refer to the game of "rounders," of which baseball is a more elaborate variety. Legendarily invented 1839 by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Base was used for "start or finish line of a race" from 1690s; and the sense of "safe spot" found in modern children's game of tag can be traced to 14c. (the sense in baseball is from 1868).

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