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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Beskow explained this over lunch in the school-like cafeteria onsite at the CSG, named La Pirogue, which means dugout canoe. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 In the Seattle dugout, Servais shook his head in surrender. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Right-hander Shelby Miller entered the visitors’ dugout at the end of the first inning and walked briskly toward the tunnel. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Shelby Miller hurt again as Diamondbacks are trounced," 11 July 2018 After getting hit by a pitch while batting in the sixth inning, Calamari flung his bat toward the Wildcats’ dugout. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Tasty Calamari: Derek Calamari strikes out six as Libertyville shuts down Warren in summer baseball regional," 11 July 2018 Hahn always seems more amused than annoyed when asked about Abreu’s trade speculation but clarified one thing Tuesday in the Sox dugout. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 More: Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire returns to dugoutThis is good news for the Tigers, who had previously received more trade interest on Greene than any other player. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "What does Detroit Tigers' Shane Greene's prognosis mean for his trade value?," 6 July 2018 Gomez, the Rays’ right fielder, unleashed his frustration on a helpless water cooler inside the Tampa Bay dugout on Wednesday afternoon, bashing it five times with his bat. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 3, Tampa Bay Rays 0," 4 July 2018 On a 3-2 pitch, the former Orioles slugger popped out into foul territory by the Orioles dugout. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Before Darren O'Day's first career ejection, history repeats itself with umpire's balk call," 26 June 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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