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 Catcher Jason Castro went to check on him and quickly motioned to the dugout. Kristie Rieken, ajc, "Emanuel goes 8 2/3 in relief in MLB debut, Astros bop Angels," 25 Apr. 2021 Luzardo tried to remain warm in the A’s bullpen but returned to the A’s dugout after a few pitches. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's-Twins game delayed by lighting outage," 20 Apr. 2021 Cora is not the first man to come back to the Sox dugout after a gap of at least a year. BostonGlobe.com, "Recalling a baseball marathon and a win streak with Joe Morgan, and other thoughts," 16 Apr. 2021 As the ball rolled around in the netting above the photo pit next to the dugout, both Bogaerts and Vázquez scored. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Martinez, Vázquez HR leads Red Sox past Rays 9-2," 7 Apr. 2021 Then in the middle of his second inning on the mound, Miley signaled to the dugout that something was wrong. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Reds pitcher Wade Miley leaves his spring debut with a left hamstring injury," 12 Mar. 2021 As Justin Turner and Max Muncy walked onto the field at Camelback Ranch, down the left-field line to the Dodgers’ dugout with equipment bags hanging from their shoulders, people in the stands gathered from a distance to welcome them. Los Angeles Times, "Planning a trip to see Dodgers or Angels spring training games? Here’s what to expect," 2 Mar. 2021 Muncy tossed the ball to Buehler, who tagged the runner already heading back to the Atlanta dugout. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Seager homers again, Dodgers force NLCS Game 7 with 3-1 win," 18 Oct. 2020 Muncy tossed the ball to Buehler, who tagged the runner already heading back to the Braves dugout. Stephen Hawkins, chicagotribune.com, "Corey Seager homers again, and the Los Angeles Dodgers force Game 7 with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dugout

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“Dugout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dugout. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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