noun (1)
short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Definition of shortstop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the player position in baseball for defending the infield area on the third-base side of second base
2 : the player stationed in the shortstop position


noun (2)
\ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Definition of short-stop (Entry 2 of 2)

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The Princeton commit played in positions of leadership on the field, often serving as the captain of the infield at shortstop or the outfield at center field. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 And with another senior at shortstop who’s graduating, there will be opportunities for Plastiak to earn a starting job. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "'My phone blew up for about two hours': Andrew graduate and Oilmen product Jake Plastiak drafted by the San Diego Padres," 11 June 2018 His 33 homers are the most by a shortstop in club history. Doug Padilla, The Seattle Times, "Rockies SS Trevor Story leaves with elbow injury vs Dodgers," 17 Sep. 2018 From the Phillies come veteran first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners have torn their core asunder, but will it lead to a bright future?," 4 Dec. 2018 Their first pick was Carlos Correa, a Puerto Rican shortstop who lived and breathed baseball. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Astroball': How the Houston Astros climbed from baseball's basement to champions," 13 July 2018 Among the names that have been mentioned in trade rumors include Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. Scooby Axson,, "MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Make 'Strong' Offer For Manny Machado," 12 July 2018 But the game could have unraveled for him in the second inning, when errors by first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop Kingery put runners on second and third with one out. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Pivetta picks up much-needed win in Phillies' victory over Orioles," 12 July 2018 Miguel Rojas assumed most of the shortstop duties during Riddle’s absence and early struggles. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "After long recovery, JT Riddle is back on his game," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of shortstop

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shortstop

baseball : the player who defends the area between second and third base


short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Kids Definition of shortstop

: a baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base

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