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

He was named to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star team after hitting .270 with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 33 RBI over 76 games. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This is the new prestigious honor the Florida Gators have bestowed on Tim Tebow," 11 July 2018 The Oilers are winning in part because of Ryan Koch, a catcher from Cal State-Bakersfield who leads the league in RBIs and home runs. Anchorage Daily News, "Peninsula Oilers boast big ABL lead — and the league’s RBI leader," 22 June 2018 Branson finished the season leading the state in home runs, 18, including two in the state tournament. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands senior Drew Rom Mr. Baseball, Northern Kentucky athletes named all-state in baseball and softball," 12 June 2018 Posey leads all eligible catchers with a .306 average and 55 hits to go with four home runs, 23 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Noel Harris, sacbee, "It's election day in California. Why these baseball players deserve your All-Star vote," 5 June 2018 Billy Hamilton robbed Carpenter of a home run in the seventh inning during the Reds’ 9-1 victory at Busch Stadium. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton has taken 2 or 3 potential homers away from Matt Carpenter," 14 July 2018 The next at-bat, once again in complete command of the count — ahead 2-0 — Jones squared up a big swing and fell a few feet short of a home run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 Luke Bilenko, Tanner Malchow, Will Merz and Jeffrey Pruesser shared pitching duties, and Pruesser also contributed by going 3-for-3 at the plate, with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale 12-year-olds win Little League Baseball District championship, head to sectionals," 13 July 2018 Catcher Garrison Bennett, who was 2-for-3 with a home run against Warren, picked off two runners and threw out a runner attempting a steal. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Touchdown fever: Peyton Jennings’ strong effort not enough as Libertyville loses to Prairie Ridge," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of home run

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of home run was in 1856

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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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