softball

[ sawft-bawl, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˌbɔl, ˈsɒft- /

noun

a form of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a ball that is larger and softer than a baseball.
the ball itself.
something that can be easily dealt with: The confirmation committee threw her a softball on that question.

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Origin of softball

First recorded in 1925–30; soft + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for softball

softball
/ (ˈsɒftˌbɔːl) /

noun

a variation of baseball using a larger softer ball, pitched underhand
the ball used
cookery the stage in the boiling of a sugar syrup at which it may be rubbed into balls after dipping in cold water
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