noun, often attributive
base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The minor league baseball team, which has since been rebranded as the Louisville Bats, wasn't a key player in the episode. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2022 This is the second year in a row that a high school baseball team had to forfeit a game late in the playoffs due to using an ineligible pitcher over the AIA's pitch-count rule. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 The Windsor baseball team may be unbeaten but the Warriors haven’t exactly coasted through the season. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 After opening a three-game series with a 10-4 win over its rival South Florida, the UCF baseball team dropped two straight to the Bulls this past weekend in Tampa. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2022 The Oregon baseball team is no longer ranked in the top 25 of any of the polls after four consecutive losses to No. 2 Oregon State. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Cam Morrison, Trent Smith and the Bridgewater-Raynham baseball team made a big statement Friday evening. Brendan Kurie,, 6 May 2022 There are nine players on the field for a baseball team, 11 on each side of the line of scrimmage in football. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 6 May 2022 As for the Braves, the baseball team reported a $40 million loss, identical to the same quarter a year ago (which makes sense, with the season starting in Q2). Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Baseball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

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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