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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Chang, who came up as a middle infielder in Cleveland’s organization, is playing first base for the first time this season. Tom Withers, ajc, "Taiwanese-born Chang gets racist tweets after Indians error," 13 Apr. 2021 The closest Boston got to a hit was when Vince DiMaggio lined a ball off Vander Meer’s glove that ricocheted to third baseman Lew Riggs quickly enough to make the throw to first base for the out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Musgrove’s no-hitter brings Johnny Vander Meer’s name into the news," 13 Apr. 2021 Chang, who came up as a middle infielder in Cleveland's organization, is playing first base for the first time this season. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Indians 1B Chang receives racist tweets after making error," 13 Apr. 2021 Jonathan Schoop will start at first base for the Tigers' 1:10 p.m. game Sunday with Cleveland. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers place Miguel Cabrera on IL, add Renato Nunez to 40-man roster," 11 Apr. 2021 Outside of being a key contributor to two World Series runs, Brandon Belt has quietly and steadily been a consistently productive regular at first base for the San Francisco Giants. Jules Posner, Forbes, "Brandon Belt Should Remain A San Francisco Giant," 7 Apr. 2021 With Choi out, Yoshi Tsutsugo, Yandy Diaz and Mike Brousseau figure to share playing time at first base for Tampa Bay. ... San Francisco Chronicle, "Red Sox learn coronavirus test result was false positive," 30 Mar. 2021 Martínez was hurt pursuing a double down the line while playing first base Sunday. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Twins-Orioles MLB 2021 spring training live stream (3/9): How to watch online, TV info, time," 9 Mar. 2021 Renato Núñez, who exited Wednesday’s game with the Mets with some hamstring tightness, was also back in the lineup at what has become his usual spot of batting cleanup and playing first base. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles place Alex Cobb on injured list hours before scheduled start: ‘We’re just following protocol’," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“First base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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