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

Other Words from first base

first baseman \ -​ˈbā-​smən How to pronounce first base (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Guardians are no longer on red alert at first base. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 After his final hit, Gwynn stood at first base and received a congratulatory handshake from Clark. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 July 2022 Franchy Cordero, who made three errors at first base Wednesday night, is the avatar for Bloom’s failings. Chad Finn,, 28 July 2022 The third pitch was a slider in the dirt, and after blocking the pitch, Haase needed to throw the ball to Castro at first base to complete the play. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 In a 3-2 victory for the American League, Cron took over duties at first base in the seventh inning. Aaron Falk, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 Starter at first base won the home run derby the night before. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2022 The Reds won Tuesday’s game on a replay review, overturning a call at first base to complete the game-ending double play. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 14 July 2022 With Esman, Alabama gets a left-handed bat who started 38 of Michigan’s 48 games at first base. Michael Casagrande |, al, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of first base

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“First base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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