line drive


Definition of line drive 

: a batted baseball hit in a nearly straight line usually not far above the ground

Examples of line drive in a Sentence

He hit a hard line drive to the shortstop.

Recent Examples on the Web

Interesting Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez is on the disabled list after he was hit by a line drive during Saturday night’s game — and then made a mind-blowing play. Aubrey Nagle,, "City turns out for ICE protests, how to steal a house in Philly | Morning Newsletter," 2 July 2018 Left-hander Amir Garrett, who was struck by a line drive just below the left knee Tuesday, was not available to pitch Wednesday. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds have used Lorenzen as a pitcher and a hitter. Outfielder could be next.," 27 June 2018 Only because of Ronaldo was this low line drive not a three-point-winner for La Furia Roja. Avi Creditor,, "Best Goals of the 2018 World Cup Group Stage," 29 June 2018 Senior Nate Espelin, bound for the University of Dayton, delivered the winning hit — a line drive single to right field with the bases loaded. Matt Doherty,, "Belmont overcomes 5-0 deficit in last inning, tops Austin Prep in baseball," 1 June 2018 Mason Kelley led off the inning with a line drive single to left. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Bullitt East beats North Bullitt in Sixth Region baseball semifinals," 30 May 2018 Up until Taylor’s one-out line drive to left field, the Greyhounds minimized the Millers’ offense despite the lineup’s .374 season batting average and 41 home runs. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "HS softball: Calm, confident freshman leads Noblesville to sectional title," 24 May 2018 Shapiro, who was just outside of the Lightning dugout when he was hit with the line drive foul ball, received medical attention but coached the remainder of the game. Steve Evans,, "Bradshaw, Western pound host Cypress Bay in softball regional semi," 9 May 2018 JT Riddle pinch hit for Yadiel Rivera and scorched a line drive to left field that Michael Conforto snared with a diving catch. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Future may look bright, but Marlins still dealing with offensive woes in the present," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of line drive

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and goes in a nearly straight line not far above the ground

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