fastball

noun
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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First baseman Steve Pearce, who left Thursday’s game with a left shin contusion after being hit with a 94-mile-per-hour fastball from J.A. Happ, was out of the lineup Friday. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on bereavement leave," 13 July 2018 His first pitch was exactly what the manager wanted: a fastball up and away at 95. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 But Castro worked an 11-pitch at-bat before swatting a 93-mph fastball to the Clevelander in left field. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "**Brewers Marlins head**," 10 July 2018 Duda exchanged words with Little on his way out of the box after being called out on strikes on a high fastball. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 2018 After singles by Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt, Pollock appeared to be barely nicked by a Lucchesi fastball to force home the tying run. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Zack Godley sharp as Diamondbacks eke out win," 6 July 2018 Albert Almora tomahawked a chin-high fastball down the right field line. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers might be wise to trade Michael Fulmer. Here's why," 3 July 2018 Heredia put the Mariners ahead for good, racing home on a wayward fastball in the dirt that got past catcher Caleb Joseph. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Thanks to the schedule, Mariners seem back on track after 5-3 victory in Baltimore," 25 June 2018 The things that helped Morgan succeed in high school — greater command of his fastball being chief among them — has Jakubowski thinking big. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Huntley's Kyle Morgan is the Courier-News Baseball Player of the Year," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of fastball

1899, in the meaning defined above

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fastball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fastball

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

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