catch·er | \ˈka-chər, ˈke-\

Definition of catcher 

: one that catches specifically : a baseball player positioned behind home plate

Examples of catcher in a Sentence

The cat is a good mouse catcher.

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Jackson finished just ahead of catcher Joey Bart (Georgia Tech), the San Francisco Giants’ No. Jonas Shaffer,, "After historic year at Louisville, Ravens' Lamar Jackson named ACC's top male athlete," 6 July 2018 Lance Barrett deemed it catcher's interference, a ruling both Butera and manager Ned Yost argued to no avail. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel's grand slam fuels Astros' rout of Royals," 24 June 2018 Heyward fired a dart that landed in the glove of catcher Willson Contreras, who spun in time to nab Taylor. Andy Mccullough,, "Jon Lester silences Dodgers bats in Cubs' 4-0 victory," 20 June 2018 The 6-foot-2 lefty bat, who can also play catcher, hit .494, bashed six home runs and stole seven bases. David Furones,, "Broward 9A-7A baseball player of the year: Caleb Roberts, St. Thomas Aquinas senior," 20 June 2018 Currently, there are no rules dictating the placement of defenders other than the pitcher and catcher. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Rob Manfred Addresses the Shift, Gambling and That Viral Terry Collins Video," 14 June 2018 And while there are some hesitations about Florida winning a second title — most of it revolving around the health of catcher JJ Schwarz — Florida has the potential to make another run. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Florida is back in the College World Series after this dramatic walk-off home run," 12 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Dereck Rodriguez remembered being in the visitors' clubhouse at Coors Field as an 11-year-old when his father, Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, was playing for the Detroit Tigers. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge, makes MLB debut for Giants," 29 May 2018 As the final strike popped the glove of catcher Logan Heiser, Tucker whipped his left hand across his chest four times and stomped toward Heiser, who was probably expecting an enthusiastic hug or high-five. Brian Murphy,, "UCF closer Bryce Tucker flips switch on the field, menaces opposing batters," 22 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of catcher

: someone or something that catches something

baseball : the player who plays behind home plate and catches the pitches thrown by the pitcher


catch·er | \ˈka-chər, ˈke-\

Kids Definition of catcher

1 : someone or something that catches

2 : a baseball player who plays behind home plate

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