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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Patrick loved baseball, chicken parmesan with spaghetti, and making other people laugh. Erin Mccarthy,, "Jimi Patrick: A funny, hardworking person who lived to help others," 13 July 2018 Tobergte volunteers time and effort to St. Henry District High School, Redwood and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church/School, plus coaches youth baseball and basketball. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 The really big story is that Brett Kavanaugh loves baseball. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Kavanaugh's baseball debts: Why the nominee's opponents are striking out," 13 July 2018 The toddler, named Drake, loves baseball -- especially the Auburn Doubledays. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "3-year-old boy sings national anthem at minor league baseball game, hits it out of the park," 13 July 2018 But what does this have to do with the two-baseball problem above? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Try Out This Physics Problem With a Baseball and a Neighbor," 6 July 2018 Citizens of America’s growing cities tried new sports such as baseball and football, and exercise advocates built the first public playgrounds and pushed for physical education for both boys and girls. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The differences between softball and baseball and both vast and nuanced. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels native makes big strides on USA Baseball women’s national team," 3 July 2018 The board of trustees wanted to ensure it was separated from other existing softball leagues as well as major league baseball, since the rules were the same. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 June 2018

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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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