dug·out | \ˈdəg-ˌau̇t \

Definition of dugout 

1 : a boat made by hollowing out a large log

2a : a shelter dug in a hillside also : a shelter dug in the ground and roofed with sod

b : an area in the side of a trench for quarters, storage, or protection

3 : either of two low shelters on either side of and facing a baseball diamond that contain the players' benches

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Norris, 25, spent the opener of a three-game set against the Rays as one of the guys, dressing in uniform, spending time with his teammates on the field before the game and taking the loss in from the dugout. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Daniel Norris 'needed' to hit reset button. Here's why," 10 July 2018 When Yelich emerged from the dugout before batting practice, Justin Bour greeted him with a bear hug. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Christian Yelich returns to Marlins Park as an All-Star, in first place: 'I really did enjoy my five years here'," 9 July 2018 He was banished from the Yankees’ bench in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. David Waldstein, New York Times, "For the Yankees, a Win Ends With Concerns About Aroldis Chapman," 7 July 2018 Mets lefthander Jason Vargas was ejected from the dugout by plate umpire Jim Reynolds in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bob Baum, courant.com, "Nimmo, Cabrera Hit HRs In 9th, Rally Mets Past Diamondbacks," 17 June 2018 Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Miami. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This is why for this cursed Miami Marlins pitcher, 7 is an unlucky number," 29 May 2018 Martin emerged from the dugout after that, and had home-plate umpire Jeff Gosney inspect Mann's bat. Joedy Mccreary, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU baseball defeats Louisville in 10 innings, wins ACC Tournament title," 27 May 2018 Or the starter who threw the first six innings, but watched the rest from the dugout? Dave Sheinin, chicagotribune.com, "No-hitters (and near-misses) show how MLB is changing — but is it for the better?," 11 May 2018 Everything comes from the dugout: what pitch to call, where to set up the defense, everything. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mike Krukow returns, his spirit intact," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dugout

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dugout

: a low shelter that faces a baseball field and contains the bench where the players and coaches of a team sit

: a shelter that is made by digging a hole in the ground or into the side of a hill

: a small boat that is made by cutting out the center of a large tree trunk


dug·out | \ˈdəg-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of dugout

1 : a low shelter facing a baseball diamond and containing the players' bench

2 : a shelter dug in a hillside or in the ground

3 : a boat made by hollowing out a log

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