ballpark

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noun

ball·​park ˈbȯl-ˌpärk How to pronounce ballpark (audio)
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: a park or stadium in which ball games (such as baseball) are played
2
: a range (as of prices or views) within which comparison or compromise is possible

ballpark

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adjective

: approximately correct : roughly estimated
a ballpark price
a ballpark figure

ballpark

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verb

ballparked; ballparking; ballparks

transitive verb

informal
: to estimate (something) roughly or casually : to give a ballpark estimate of (something, such as a number or price)
The track doesn't release attendance numbers, but media members ballparked it at 42,500 in the facility, which seats more than 50,000.Michael Phillips
When I work with clients I remind them that we are just ballparking the numbers.Bill Conerly
He looked at the ceiling. He looked at the walls. He turned this way and that, craning his neck, like a contractor about to ballpark an estimate.Lee Child
Phrases
in the ballpark
: approximately correct
my first guess wasn't even in the ballpark

Examples of ballpark in a Sentence

Noun hit a home run out of the ballpark Adjective We don't know exactly how many people live in this city, but a ballpark figure would be about two million. I suspect that the ballpark costs we were quoted for the kitchen renovation will turn out to be too low.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Just north of the ballpark are a variety of spots as well, like the vegan restaurant Bereisheet 129 and N-DUB Pizza Pub. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 According to Baseball Savant, there have been five ball players who have hit a baseball with an exit velocity of at least 120 mph since 2015 when the technology was installed in ballparks across Major League Baseball. Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The site would not require alterations to the existing highways, team officials said, and there are 22 potential ways for fans to get to the ballpark, including public transit options like the streetcar that will run a couple blocks away. Kendrick Calfee, Kansas City Star, 22 Feb. 2024 In a state starved for housing, California’s other major league teams have included homes within projects surrounding their ballparks. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Tampa Bay also hopes for a new ballpark to be opened that same year, reports the Associated Press. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 In 2022, the Angels had a plan to purchase the ballpark from the city in exchange for the right to develop the surrounding area. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2024 Fenway Park is one of the most iconic ballparks in America as well. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2024 The team also intends to buy the land on the blocks surrounding the planned ballpark. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Property owners can get a ballpark sense of their tax liability related to a bond or override by reading their school district's voter information. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2022 Then enjoy a ballpark-style hot dog or cheeseburger lunch in right-center field on Bayview Terrace for $20 adults and $15 for children. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2022 An easy way to do this is create an Excel spreadsheet to track your spending or go back though your bank and credit card statements from the past year to get a ballpark idea of your monthly spending. Ashira Prossack, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The Astros share their spring training complex and ballpark with the Washington Nationals. Chron, 5 Mar. 2021 Of course, the idea is to keep growing your art over time, but having a ballpark figure for those initial pieces keeps your search more focused. Shivani Vora, refinery29.com, 30 Dec. 2020 And after two starts in this strange, empty-ballpark, virtual-fan season, Berrios still has much to prove. Star Tribune, 31 July 2020
Verb
That dividing line is tough to pinpoint in real time, but the Fed uses models based on past data to ballpark it. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 As a general recommendation, Tafur ballparks it at around 400 to 500 calories. Women's Health, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from the phrase in the ballpark

First Known Use

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballpark was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Ballpark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballpark. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

ballpark

noun
ball·​park
ˈbȯl-ˌpärk
: a park in which ball games are played
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