fastball

noun

fast·​ball ˈfas(t)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce fastball (audio)
: a baseball pitch thrown at full speed and often appearing to rise slightly as it nears the plate
fastballer noun

Examples of fastball in a Sentence

He struck him out with a fastball.
Recent Examples on the Web Of the 98 pitches Rodón threw in the game, 37 were fastballs. Gary Phillips, New York Daily News, 14 July 2024 The kid was battling, gets a fastball over the middle of the plate and hammered it. Andrew Golden, Washington Post, 13 July 2024 Opening a 1-0 advantage in the fourth, Ramos launched an 0-2 fastball into the visitor’s bullpen and on his way home slapped hands with third base coach Matt Williams, who was the last Giants player 25 or younger with as many home runs as Ramos through his first 55 games of the season. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 9 July 2024 Glasnow grooved a 98 mph fastball up in the strike zone on his first pitch and Hoskins clubbed it into the left field pavilion for a grand slam. Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for fastball 

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fastball was in 1883

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“Fastball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fastball. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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fastball

noun
fast·​ball ˈfas(t)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce fastball (audio)
: a baseball pitch thrown at full speed

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