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fly ball

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noun Baseball.
  1. a ball that is batted up into the air.
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Origin of fly ball

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Also called fly.
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  • The fly-ball governor replaced the throttle-valve which was at first used by Watt to regulate the speed of his engines.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • Engines of the slide-valve type are usually provided either with a fly-ball throttling governor, or a shaft governor.

    Steam Engines