fast·​ball | \ ˈfas(t)-ˌbȯl \

Definition of fastball

: a baseball pitch thrown at full speed and often appearing to rise slightly as it nears the plate

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Other Words from fastball

fastballer \ ˈfas(t)-​ˌbȯ-​lər \ noun

Examples of fastball in a Sentence

He struck him out with a fastball.

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His fastball sits at 90-91, which is modest by today’s bullpen standards. Ray Glier, USA TODAY, "Ups and downs of minor league bullpens," 5 July 2018 In June, Peacock had the highest whiff percentage against his fastball of any month in his career. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Brad Peacock rebounds in June after a rough May," 30 June 2018 His 87 mph fastball was far from the most intriguing weapon in the class. Jeff Sanders,, "Luis Patiño continues breakout with Fort Wayne," 12 July 2018 Although his fastball was reaching 94 miles per hour, the Athletics feasted on it. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Athletics Strike Quickly Against Sonny Gray and Cool Off the Yankees," 12 May 2018 In the ninth inning, Pedro Beato was ejected when his fastball grazed Dylan Rosa’s jersey. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Umpire takes over meaningless spring training game with 5 baffling ejections," 22 Mar. 2018 Gallo fouled off seven pitches during the the 12-pitch at-bat before laying off an outside fastball for a walk. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Astros hold on against Rangers but Shin-Soo Choo stretches on-base streak to 43 games," 3 July 2018 Rodney stopped it there by breaking Ryan Braun's bat with an inside fastball, resulting in a grounder to the mound. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Twins 5 (10): After falling behind on yet another grand slam, Brewers rally," 2 July 2018 Rougned Odor, who had one home run entering the game, yanked an inside fastball over the bullpen wall in right, pushing the Rangers' lead to 3-1. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Jakob Junis improves on biggest weakness, but Royals' losing streak goes on," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fastball

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fastball

baseball : a pitch that is thrown at full speed : a very fast pitch

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