dug·​out | \ ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

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

Examples of dugout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Padres hosted the Miami Marlins at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon, but the bee swarm took over a microphone near a dugout in the third inning, KSWB reported. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Bee lovers furious at slaying of swarm that interrupted a San Diego Padres ballgame," 4 June 2019 On Saturday, players from both teams celebrated home runs with high fives to teammates in the dugout. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "Taiwan Says ‘Play Ball!’ (With Cardboard Fans and Robot Drummers)," 5 May 2020 By contrast, the dugout longboats were much simpler craft. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Probable Roman shipwrecks unearthed at a Serbian coal mine," 8 Apr. 2020 Rather than high-fives, the San Diego Padres practiced the elbow bump in the dugout during a spring training game in Arizona on Thursday. Kelly Mccarthy, ABC News, "Elbow bumps are the new handshake, here's why," 6 Mar. 2020 At times, an employee in the replay room would convey the information by text message to the watch or phone of a staff member in the dugout. Washington Post, "Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair," 14 Jan. 2020 Renteria, meanwhile, should get a chance to prove himself in the dugout after being saddled with subpar rosters with little experience. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: David Ross is preparing for ‘some real conversations’ with his former Cubs teammates. Across town, Rick Renteria is ready to win.," 10 Dec. 2019 If Sparky could get five innings (or, somehow, six) out of his starter, his next hop would be up the dugout steps. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Captain Hook's boys get the Reds even in game four of the 1975 World Series," 2 Apr. 2020 The blind was on top of the hill, a shallow dugout area around which August’s father had arranged logs and cut branches for concealment. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of dugout

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dugout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dugout. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

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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