first base


Definition of first base

1 : the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
2 : the player position for defending the area around first base
3 : the first step or stage in a course of action plans never got to first base

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Other Words from first base

first baseman \ -​ˈbā-​smən \ noun

Examples of first base in a Sentence

a runner on first base She hit a ground ball to first base. He used to be a catcher, but now he plays first base.
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In the seventh inning, Jankowski beat out a slow roller to first base for an infield single. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Castillo serves ice in debut; Jankowski hustles, learns," 3 June 2018 Duplantis hit a hard grounder to first base, and Hughes took off at contact only to be gunned out at home with ease. Brody Miller,, "LSU keeps season alive with 9th-inning rally against Northwestern State," 3 June 2018 But Rizzo’s leg clipped the right angle of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, whose throw to first base sailed into right field and allowed two runs to score. Mark Gonzales,, "Official review determines Cubs' Anthony Rizzo guilty of interference," 29 May 2018 Even when pitchers have invited him to walk, Báez has rarely made the journey to first base. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Three Players Limiting the Cubs, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s Eruption and Ohtani's Filthy Splitter," 29 May 2018 Bumgardner ranged to his right and made a strong throw to first base. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "HS baseball: Zionsville edges Kokomo for third straight sectional title," 28 May 2018 Jones got a visit on the way to first base from Showalter and head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, who allowed him to stay in the game. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Adam Jones has precautionary X-ray on wrist after getting hit by pitch," 6 May 2018 Hayes snared a one-hop smash off the bat of Kotowski and fired from the outfield grass to first base to record the out that ended the first inning. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Saint Patrick: Illinois State recruit Patrick Hayes stars as Brother Rice rolls past Providence," 28 Apr. 2018 Lo and behold, Boog Powell sent a hard one-hopper to first base. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: One play that wasn't made was one too many for this offense to overcome | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of first base

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of first base was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of first base

baseball : the base that must be touched first by a base runner; also : the position of the player who defends the area around first base

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