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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Following a day off, Trey Mancini returned to the starting lineup for Thursday’s makeup game against the Phillies, starting at first base and batting eighth. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Ramírez to start Saturday; Tillman expected to make final rehab start Sunday," 12 July 2018 Yet as Dozier scooted back to first base and Kipnis did a few double-takes over his shoulder, Gordon darted a few feet up and down the third base line before finally committing to his break. Maria Torres, kansascity, "As Trevor Oaks wobbles and Alex Gordon steals home, Royals are swept by the Indians," 4 July 2018 Cooper will get opportunities at first base and both corner outfield positions, Mattingly said. Craig Davis,, "Marlins' young pitchers impress early, hitting prospects not ready for prime time," 1 July 2018 At Tri-City, Beer started four games at first base and four games in left field. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros promote first-round pick Seth Beer," 27 June 2018 After Roe struck out Anthony Rendon, Bauers moved back to first base and Alvarado returned to the mound. Jenna West,, "Rays Pitcher Ends Up Playing First Base in Strange Postion Shuffle," 26 June 2018 As catcher Jonah Girand faced an 0-2 count, O’Sullivan called for a double steal, sending second baseman Blake Reese from third base and and center fielder Nick Horvath from first base. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators earn return trip to CWS on wild walk-off home run," 12 June 2018 Thompson came in with a runner on first base and one out. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Hutton: Oakland recruit Clay Thompson stars as pitcher for Andrean three years after clinching state title with hit," 8 June 2018 Diaz made the problem worse by ignoring Wendle at first base and allowing him to steal second on a strikeout of Wilson Ramos. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mitch Haniger’s homer in the 13th lifts Mariners to a perfect 6-0 record in extra innings," 2 June 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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