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 baseman (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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The next batter, Nathan Murphy, reached on a throwing error to first base, and the Cadets looked to be on the brink of relinquishing the lead. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Class 3A state baseball: St. Thomas Academy beats Austin to move into title game," 14 June 2019 According to StatCast, Semien’s first-inning single, a bloop over the head of Ji-Man Choi at first base, left the bat at 63.4 mph and carried an expected .160 batting average. Joey Johnston, The Mercury News, "Anderson’s dazzling starting debut spoiled in A’s loss," 10 June 2019 The right fielder, who occasionally fills in at first base, has the second highest batting average on the team, .299, to Hanser Alberto’s .311, and the second most home runs, 13, to Renato Nunez’s 16. Giana Han,, "MLB All-Star ballot update: Trey Mancini leads the Orioles in votes," 10 June 2019 That led to a high throw to first base, scoring Friendswood’s final three runs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood’s Pinto All-Stars clinch berth to Sunday’s Directors Tournament championship game," 8 June 2019 While Hosmer has been OK at first base, the number of close-but-no-cigar plays have been a small surprise, and a disappointment to Cosmo Kramer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019 Second baseman Carson Collier fielded a grounder up the middle and flipped the ball with his glove to senior Jack Lawrence, who whipped the ball over to first base for a double play. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Atholton baseball hangs on to beat Howard, 5-4," 29 Mar. 2018 Arcia limped in pain in the batter’s box and didn’t try to run to first base. Charles Odum, The Seattle Times, "Gamel’s 10th-inning homer lifts Brewers over Braves, 3-2," 19 May 2019 Advertising Goldschmidt also flashed some nifty glove work at first base. Joe Totoraitis, The Seattle Times, "Cards’ Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs, walked intentionally in 9th," 30 Mar. 2019

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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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