baseball

[ beys-bawl ]
/ ˈbeɪsˌbɔl /

noun

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.
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.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM baseball

pro·base·ball, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for baseball

baseball
/ (ˈbeɪsˌbɔːl) /

noun

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
the hard rawhide-covered ball used in this game
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