home run


Definition of home run 

1 : a hit in baseball that enables the batter to make a complete circuit of the bases and score a run

2 : an impressive success the president's speech was a home run

Examples of home run in a Sentence

He hit three home runs.

Recent Examples on the Web

Predator is the little franchise that could: never delivering a sequel that’s a true home run, but always doing just well enough to warrant another turn at the box-office bat. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Predator could have been the franchise’s chance to finally have an identity," 8 Sep. 2018 The shortstop boasted a .519 batting average as a junior this year, racking up 50 RBIs, 30 runs and six home runs. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Hastings PG Tatiyanna Riley competes in all-star game," 13 July 2018 Compare that lack of production with the season Machado is putting together: a career-best .957 OPS with a .316 batting average, 23 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 The Phillies fell on an extra-inning home run at Citi Field for the second time in three days. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies fall to Mets on homer in 10th inning, waste Vince Velasquez's strong outing," 11 July 2018 Monday: Shortstop Jose Rondon’s eighth-inning home run lifted Charlotte to a 2-1 victory at Durham in the opener of a four-game series. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Knights are on a quest to reclaim a minor-league title. Fireworks can help.," 1 July 2018 Indianapolis out-scored Columbus 7-2 over the course of the next four innings to set itself up for the ninth-inning home run that tied the game. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Walk-off home run spoils Indianapolis Indians' comeback attempt," 30 June 2018 Granted, not every skin-focused growth factor study is an unequivocal home run. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Dunn hit 40 or more home runs five straight years from 2004 to ’08. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Xtra: Adam Dunn happy to go in Reds HOF, but wishes he had title to go with plaque," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of home run

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of home run

baseball : a hit that allows the batter to go around all the bases and score a run

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Kids Definition of home run

: a hit in baseball that enables the batter to go around all the bases and score

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