imaginary runner

[ ih-maj-uh-ner-ee ruhn-er ]

nounBaseball, Softball.
  1. Also called ghost runner, in·vis·i·ble run·ner [in-viz-uh-buhl ruhn-er], /ɪnˈvɪz ə bəl ˈrʌn ər/, in·vis·i·ble man [in-viz-uh-buhl man] /ɪnˈvɪz ə bəl ˈmæn/ . a provision of informal, usually childhood play in which a deficit of players allows a base runner to return to home plate for their at-bat while being replaced on base by an imaginary player, the advancement of whom is governed by various rules agreed to beforehand: also utilized in stickball, kickball, and other games related to baseball.

Origin of imaginary runner

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby imaginary runner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023