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

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Gray stood on the mound as Bell turned back to the dugout. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Sonny Gray's dominant start carries Cincinnati Reds to win over Milwaukee Brewers," 4 July 2019 Green made the rare move of going to the mound without making a pitching change, speaking with clear intent and in close proximity to Allen for several seconds before returning to the dugout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Giants rip Allen, bullpen; Padres (save for Tatis, Naylor) quiet against Samardzija," 2 July 2019 After Anderson was helped to the dugout, Leury Garcia moved in from center field to play short and Ryan Cordell came off the bench and took over in center. Doug Alden, courant.com, "Bogaerts homers as Red Sox beat White Sox in rain," 26 June 2019 When Wilson returned to the dugout, manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson were waiting. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers P Spencer Turnbull's MRI comes back clean. What happens next?," 26 June 2019 Mungers walked to the dugout after about five minutes. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Alex Magers lifts D’Hanis into Class 1A championship game," 5 June 2019 Mentoring and coaching the players on the field and in the dugout were head coach Wayne Clark and assistants Jean Nicole, Jim Gardner and Geof Ellison. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Braves secure PAL Little League Minor Division title," 20 June 2019 The players receive a number sign from the dugout, then verify it on the play card. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "What's with Michigan baseball's big belt buckles?," 17 June 2019 Pitching coach Doug Brocail was ejected for yelling from the dugout April 14, and bench coach Tim Cossins was ejected for the same thing on April 17. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles manager Brandon Hyde ejected after Orioles lose run on interference call," 16 June 2019

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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 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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