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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The two first meet at a baseball game at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, in 2005. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: A Complete Timeline of Their Relationship," 10 Mar. 2019 In fact, baseball is a business that wants the talent. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Baseball Teams Up With Castro," 30 Dec. 2018 Arizona State baseball is adding two more pitchers to its already pitching-heavy incoming recruiting class. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU baseball adds two pitchers to 2019 recruiting class," 11 July 2018 Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy scopped up the ball in fair territory and tried to tag Bregman for an easy out, but somehow lost control of the baseball and a juking Bregman took off down the first-base line. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Relive Astros' Alex Bregman's wacky walk-off in photos," 11 July 2018 If minor-league baseball is your thing, the Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium and are affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. Stephen Ruiz,, "$145, anyone? Tim Tebow helps drive online cost of Eastern League All-Star Game ticket," 10 July 2018 Hanging out with family, celebrating our nation’s founding, maybe watching a baseball game on the tube. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "After an extensive taste test, here are the best BBQ ribs in Louisville," 29 June 2018 Jayson Werth, a longtime fixture of Nationals baseball, has retired from the sport at 39. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 Having all these forces work together is like having three different professional baseball teams, each with their own hand signals, come together for a life-or-death game against another team. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch All Five of the U.S. Military’s Fighter Jets Fly in Formation," 20 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 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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