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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Michael Chavis was 3 for 4 with two doubles and played six innings at first base for Triple A Pawtucket at Buffalo in his second rehab game on Saturday . . Julian Mcwilliams,, "Mookie Betts’s cleats have special meaning during Players’ Weekend," 24 Aug. 2019 Barring an offseason trade, Murphy — a below-average defender at the position — will probably again be Colorado’s starter at first base for opening day 2020, while Alonso seems unlikely to return to the club. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ assessment of their long-term stability at first base begins with Triple-A Albuquerque’s Roberto Ramos," 22 Aug. 2019 Ross: Who better to give you an answer than the man who played 1,601 games at first base for the Dodgers over 12 years. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: How does Kenley Jansen compare to other possible playoff closers?," 16 Aug. 2019 Already with two home runs in the game and up by 12 runs, the Dodgers slugger beat out a groundball to first base for an infield hit. Tom Verducci,, "Another World Series Run for Dodgers Seems Inevitable," 22 July 2019 Tucker played parts of two games earlier this season at first base for the Express, but Thursday's assignment signaled the Astros' serious intentions of exposing Tucker to another position. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros prospect Kyle Tucker gets start at first base with AAA Round Rock," 18 July 2019 Hans Christian Andersen will play first base for the Brewers, with John Anderson announcing his third-party bid for president from second base (ask your parents). Henry Schulman,, "Giants start second half with battle of Andersons, plus lineups," 12 July 2019 One particular fielding gem brought the crowd to its feet when Trees, playing third base, made a one-handed scoop of a hard grounder, pivoted and completed a perfect throw to first base for the out. Rick Menning,, "West Boynton Little League All-Stars dominant in district," 1 July 2019 But Victor Caratini, subbing at first base for the resting Anthony Rizzo, failed to catch it. Teddy Greenstein,, "Jose Quintana gets rocked while the Cubs look bad in a 10-2 loss to the Mets," 21 June 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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