second base


: the base that must be touched second by a base runner in baseball
: the player position for defending the area on the first-base side of second base
second baseman noun

Examples of second base in a Sentence

He slid into second base. He used to play second base for the Red Sox.
Recent Examples on the Web Wallner advanced to second base after Carlos Santana rolled over to Pasquantino. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 30 Mar. 2024 Even Lux, whose move to second base nudged Betts to shortstop, still can bounce throws from there. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Gordon will most likely spend the majority of his time in the outfield while being available to play second base and shortstop. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 Thinking the ball would clear the head of right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr., Ohtani rounded second base. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 In the 1982 issue of The American Bystander, Mr. McConnachie collaborated with the illustrator Frank Springer on a comic strip in which two brothers, playing for rival baseball teams, crash into each other at second base, strip naked and grapple in the style of Olympic-style Greco-Roman wrestlers. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Only nine qualified catchers throw harder than his average velocity of 82.4 mph on attempts to catch runners at second base. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024 Jung, 23, transitioned from second base to third base at the end of last season, which will be his biggest test in 2024. Detroit Free Press, 31 Jan. 2024 Frazier is expected to move into a utility role and log playing time at second base and in the outfield. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of second base was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Second base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

second base

: the base that must be touched second by a base runner in baseball or the position of the player defending the area around it
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