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.

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Berg grew up in Newark, N.J., the son of Jewish immigrants, and much to his father's disgust, took to baseball early. Kenneth Turan,, "'The Spy Behind Home Plate' review: Documentary digs into life of a complex ball player-turned-operative," 20 June 2019 The former major league infielder has been leading GCU baseball since 2012. Richard Obert, azcentral, "GCU baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz signs 4-year contract extension," 20 June 2019 Men at Work, one of three volumes on baseball, was published in 1990 and, Will likes to joke, has almost outsold all the other books put together. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration," 20 June 2019 According to a new report, there might be a time when baseball returns to the Canadian city for more than an exhibition game. Hayden Bird,, "Rays will explore a season split between Tampa and Montreal," 20 June 2019 Louisville baseball continues to fight for its postseason life in Omaha, Nebraska. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Live updates: Louisville baseball takes on Mississippi State in the College World Series," 20 June 2019 The atmosphere at Oracle Arena, the 53-year-old spherical structure that sits in an Oakland parking lot off the interstate, next to a drab baseball/football stadium that hosts the A’s and Raiders (for now), was far from funereal. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 The Reds, playing much better baseball than Milwaukee at this point in time, won for the fifth time in a row and seventh time in 10 games. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 7, Brewers 1: Another tough outing for starter Jimmy Nelson as Brewers' skid continues," 20 June 2019 CFISD Cy Ranch baseball led the way in CFISD with four athletes receiving THSBCA honors. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston baseball, softball athletes earn all-state honors," 20 June 2019

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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 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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