line drive

noun

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 In the seventh inning, Muncy roped a line drive to right field that dropped just in front of the outfielder, snapping an 0-for-16 skid. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 And Rendon caught Andrew Vaughn’s line drive with an exit velocity of 111.3 mph in the seventh. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Brock ripped a line drive to center, but Bryant’s Carson English sprinted in to make the catch for the game’s final out. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2022 One inning later, Buehler was still on the mound when center fielder Cody Bellinger caught Christian Walker’s line drive for the final out. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 On the 11th pitch, Varsho rocketed a line drive into the seats in right-center field for a two-run home run, a shot that put a sort of exclamation point on the Diamondbacks’ first offensive breakout of the year. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 Even promising rookie Julio Rodríguez thrilled the sellout crowd in his first home game with the Mariners by dumping a line drive single into left field in his first plate appearance. Tim Booth, Chron, 16 Apr. 2022 Marte caught a line drive for the final out while charging from center field. David Brandt, ajc, 15 Aug. 2021 Yet the defining image of Wednesday’s game will be this one: After Lux played a sinking line drive on a short hop, pitcher Julio Urías showed him up, raising both palms to the sky and staring at him. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

8 May 2022

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“Line drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/line%20drive. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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