base·​lin·​er ˈbās-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce baseliner (audio)
: a tennis player who stays on or near the baseline and seldom moves to the net

Examples of baseliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This additional two millimeters of FuelCell foam improved the comfort on the 996 silhouette, but still provided plenty of separation between the brand's baseliner Fresh Foam X Lav V2 model. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 Fritz went up a break in the second game of the opening set against fellow baseliner Rublev, converting his third break point chance when Rublev sent a forehand long. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 The sinewy baseliner has long stood in the shadow of the ever-popular Federer and Nadal, despite his historical advantage over both. Jason Gay, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 McNally is the more effective server, and the better volleyer, while Gauff is the steadier baseliner. Michael J. Lewis, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Nishioka, 24, is a steady baseliner who, though just 5-foot-7 can puzzle opponents with both his relentlessness and ability to mix-up his shots. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2020 On Monday, the big-hitting Japanese baseliner faced compatriot Misaki Doi in the night session. Ravi Ubha and Jill Martin, CNN, 1 Sep. 2020 Power baseliner Kvitova won the first two -- including in Melbourne in January -- but Barty and her all-court game have grabbed the last three. Ravi Ubha, CNN, 31 Oct. 2019 After the first serve—which gives a player a definite advantage at the start of a point—the forehand is the basis of the modern baseliner’s game. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baseliner was in 1883

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“Baseliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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