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

Bryant has hit a home run and RBI double in his first two games since returning from the 10-day disabled list. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant batting 1-2 vs. Padres," 14 July 2018 Orf played in eight games for the Brewers and was 1-for-14, the one hit a home run. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers activate Miley to face Pirates, summon Asher, Houser, send out Orf, Lopez, Peralta," 12 July 2018 In 52 games in rookie ball in ’95, Beltrán didn’t hit a single home run. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Reynolds' big game came one day after hitting a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Marlins, 3-2. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "Mark Reynolds ties Nationals record with 10 RBI game against Marlins," 7 July 2018 Niko Goodrum hit a solo home run to right in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-4. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers rally comes up short in 7-5 loss to Texas Rangers," 5 July 2018 Boone famously hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox as a member of the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, retired Detroit Lion buy Paradise Valley houses," 2 July 2018 Beckham just hit a home run in batting practice at Angel Stadium last month. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Odell Beckham Jr. hit batting practice homer at Yankee Stadium," 29 June 2018 Those are based on an individual's performance, such as whether someone will score a touchdown or hit a home run in a game. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Five takeaways from state Supreme Court hearing on fantasy sports, athlete compensation," 28 June 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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