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.

Origin of baseball

First recorded in 1795–1805; base1 + ball1

OTHER WORDS FROM baseball

pro·base·ball, adjective
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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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