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  1. Baseball.
    1. the position of the player covering the area of the infield between second and third base.
    2. a fielder who covers this position.
  2. Also called shortstop bath. Photography. stop bath.

Origin of shortstop

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; short + stop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. baseball
    1. the fielding position to the left of second base viewed from home plate
    2. the player at this position
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Word Origin and History for shortstop

1837, from short (adj.) + stop (n.). In cricket, there also is a longstop.

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