softball


soft·ball

noun \-ˌbl\

: a sport that is similar to baseball but that is played on a smaller field and with a ball that is pitched underhand and that is larger and softer than a baseball

: the ball that is used in softball

: a question that is very easy to answer

Full Definition of SOFTBALL

1
:  a sport similiar to baseball played on a small diamond with a ball that is larger than a baseball and that is pitched underhand; also :  the ball used in this game
2
:  a question requiring only an easy or simple response
soft·ball·er \-ˌb-lər\ noun

Examples of SOFTBALL

  1. Do you want to play softball?
  2. All the questions in the interview were softballs.

First Known Use of SOFTBALL

1926

Rhymes with SOFTBALL

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softball

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Game resembling baseball but played on a smaller diamond with a larger ball (12 in. [30.5 cm] in circumference), which is pitched underhand. Since the first standard set of rules was published in the 1920s, the game has been popular as an amateur sport in the U.S., and since the 1960s it has grown considerably in popularity outside of North America. In U.S. high schools and colleges it is a popular women's sport; a women's softball competition was added to the Olympic Games in 1996.

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