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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The segment featured Bradley and Holmes visiting Homewood Bats, a local company that makes wooden baseball bats. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Homewood takes spotlight on 'WGN Morning News' live block party broadcast," 13 July 2018 In 2011 a neighbor tried to kill him over an argument, beating his head with a baseball bat until witnesses could see his skull, Weeden said. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Jurors to decide whether man who killed son should live or die," 2 July 2018 The board underlined that there was no evidence supporting Rialmo’s claims that LeGrier approached officers with a baseball bat in a threatening manner. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Jury Finds that Chicago Cop Acted ‘Reasonably’ in 2015 Fatal Shooting of Quintonio LeGrier," 28 June 2018 Media: Sports Illustrated Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya will run the club's baseball operations in Alderson's absence. Mike Fitzpatrick, Houston Chronicle, "Mets GM Sandy Alderson steps down after cancer returns," 27 June 2018 Phillips will report to Boston's Spring Training base in Fort Myers, Fla., Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wrote in an e-mail to Kyle Brown, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Boston Red Sox agree to minor-league deal with ex-Cincinnati Red Brandon Phillips," 27 June 2018 Authorities said LeGrier was wielding an aluminum baseball bat and was combative when officers arrived, behavior that prompted Rialmo to fire his weapon. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Jury: Chicago cop acted 'reasonably' in fatally shooting teen Quintonio LeGrier," 27 June 2018 The suspects assaulted the victim with a machete and a baseball bat, causing minor injuries, according to police. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Man was held captive and beaten for three nights in north Charlotte home, police say," 21 June 2018 For example, Dice uses a table tennis racket, while Raptor uses a baseball bat. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Lethal League Blaze turns handball into a stylish fighting game," 9 Dec. 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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