base·​path ˈbās-ˌpath How to pronounce basepath (audio)
variants or base path
: the area between the bases of a baseball field used by a base runner

Examples of basepath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After that, Mookie Betts made two costly errors on the basepaths. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2023 Thorn said 75-foot basepaths were the norm into the mid-1850s, based on a classical pace equating to 2½ feet. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2023 Minor High outfielder Tylan Amerson started burning up the basepaths in February, stealing three bases in a season-opening loss at John Carroll – one of the few setbacks the Tigers have suffered this season. Mike Perrin | , al, 26 Jan. 2023 From 99-mph throws from deep in the hole at shortstop to monster power and exit velocity at the plate to lightning-quick speed on the basepaths, the Cincinnati Reds' flashy rookie has been keeping the statisticians at Statcast busy during his first five games. Casey L. Moore, USA TODAY, 11 June 2023 Hueber made a big impact in Saturday's state final offensively and especially on the basepaths. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 10 June 2023 But the play was reviewed and McGowan, who was in the basepath before the throw home, was called for obstruction and the score became 2-0 with two on and one out rather than 1-0 with runners on the corners and two outs. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 After a tentative first couple of weeks on the basepaths, Oakland Athletics rookie Esteury Ruiz is running with more assertiveness. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2023 While Gilbert has the pop in his bat and speed on the basepaths that teams look for in a major league hitter, one thing to pay attention to as the season progresses is his strikeout rate, as the 22-year-old can be over-aggressive at the plate at times. James Mueller, Chron, 15 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basepath was in 1876

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“Basepath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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base path

: the area between the bases of a baseball field used by a base runner
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