noun, often attributive
base·​ball | \ˈbās-ˌbȯl \

Definition of baseball 

: a game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players each on a large field having four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score also : the ball used in this game

Examples of baseball in a Sentence

We watched baseball on TV last night.

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of baseball

: a game played on a large field by two teams of nine players who try to score runs by hitting a small ball with a bat and then running to each of the four bases without being put out

: the ball used in baseball


base·​ball | \ˈbās-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of baseball

1 : a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players on a field with four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score

2 : the ball used in the game of baseball

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