Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
(of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
Baseball. to bunt a ball.
to push (something) with the horns or head.
the act of bunting.
a bunted ball.
a push with the head or horns; butt.
- bunter, noun
Other definitions for bunt (2 of 3)
Nautical. the middle part of a square sail.
the bagging part of a fishing net or bagging middle area of various cloth objects.
Other definitions for bunt (3 of 3)
a smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black, foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia.
- Also called stinking smut.
- bunted, adjective
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How to use bunt in a sentence
One by one the batters faced the plate, swung valiantly or wildly at balls and essayed bunts.The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
The old varsity had made six runs on nothing but deliberate bunts and daring dashes around the bases.The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
The Giants added one more run in their half of the fourth by a clever combination of bunts and singles.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team | Lester Chadwick
Joe knew that Rance was weak on fielding bunts, and he directed his men to play on that weakness.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team | Lester Chadwick
Many of these bunts can be fielded either by the pitcher or, if they drop dead in front of the home-plate, by the catcher.
British Dictionary definitions for bunt (1 of 3)
(of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
US and Canadian (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
the act or an instance of bunting
British Dictionary definitions for bunt (2 of 3)
nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
British Dictionary definitions for bunt (3 of 3)
a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
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