strike·​out | \ ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio) \

Definition of strikeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an out in baseball resulting from a batter's being charged with three strikes

strike out

struck out; struck out also stricken out; striking out; strikes out

Definition of strike out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to enter upon a course of action
2 : to set out vigorously
3 : to make an out in baseball by a strikeout
4 : to finish bowling a string with consecutive strikes specifically : to bowl three strikes in the last frame

transitive verb

of a baseball pitcher : to retire (someone) by a strikeout

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Synonyms & Antonyms for strikeout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of strikeout in a Sentence

Verb their joint venture in Las Vegas struck out, and they hurriedly dissolved the partnership struck out all references to indecent matters
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although his strikeout rate has dropped in recent years, Greene has gotten good results, with an ERA of 2.66 or lower three times in the last four years. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, "Atlanta Braves Bolster Bullpen By Re-Signing Durable Shane Greene," 10 May 2021 Rogers went 1-for-4 with one strikeout and two RBIs. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers score five runs in 7th inning for 7-3 win over Minnesota Twins," 8 May 2021 The two most recent starts have totaled just 4.1 innings, 11 runs, six walks and only one strikeout. Dallas News, "Rangers looking for answers after Kohei Arihara’s second straight ineffective outing," 1 May 2021 Strikeouts now comprise 25% of all plate appearances, and 2021 almost assuredly will mark the 25th consecutive season the strikeout rate has risen and the fourth consecutive year there will be more strikeouts than hits. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "From two-way star Shohei Ohtani to soaring strikeout totals, MLB's wacky April has been full of 'anomaly stuff'," 28 Apr. 2021 His strikeout rate, 37.3% for his career, is a more manageable 29.2% this season. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "No matter who’s hitting behind him, the Rangers haven’t solved Joey Gallo’s power outage," 22 Apr. 2021 Bieber, who struck out 259 batters in the 2019 season for an average of 10.9 per nine innings, has increased his strikeout rate in each season since. New York Times, "In a Season of Strikeouts, Burnes and Bieber Are on Another Level," 21 Apr. 2021 What happened in 2020 as his strikeout rate jumped to a career-high 32.2%? Tony Blengino, Forbes, "Giants’ Kevin Gausman’s Splitter Is One Of MLB’s Filthiest Pitches," 21 Apr. 2021 The Angels are getting more strikeouts and ground balls, especially among their starting rotation, which ranks second in MLB with a 30.5% strikeout rate. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Mike Trout’s on fire, sure, but a lot of other things are going right for Angels too," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Giants blew a prime scoring opportunity in the sixth, too, when Tauchman opened with a double and watched Darvish strike out Posey, Brandon Belt and Alex Dickerson. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants fall to Padres 3-2, still in (wait for it...) first place," 30 Apr. 2021 Lovejoy managed only two hits, but Jade Owens and Skylar Rucker combined to strike out 11 as Lovejoy (24-9) won its series opener. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Softball playoffs: Prosper Rock Hill wins playoff debut; Red Oak wins with big rally," 29 Apr. 2021 Yardley proceeded to strike out Alcantara, who kept trying to bunt. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 6, Brewers 2: One of those days when little went Milwaukee's way, including the umpiring," 28 Apr. 2021 Parker Carlson, Drew Druckenmiller and Gatlen Montgomery combined to strike out 13 Generals without allowing a hit in the nightcap. Reports, al, "Playoff Roundup: G.W. Long upsets Class 2A No. 1 St. Luke’s, Gardendale wins Game 3," 23 Apr. 2021 Wicklander, Zebulon Vermillion, Ryan Costeiu and Kopps combined to strike out 16 Rebels. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Razorbacks rally to take Game 1 at Ole Miss," 10 Apr. 2021 But Duffey recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach looking, and force another pinch-hitter, Billy McKinney, to line out to Kepler. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Jose Berrios strikes out 12 Milwaukee batters in six no-hit innings, Twins win 2-0," 3 Apr. 2021 Seth White and Brayden Cassar combined to strike out 13 and Jack Johnson had four hits. Los Angeles Times, "Roundup: Heritage Christian gets big basketball win over Harvard-Westlake," 3 Apr. 2021 Over seven innings, Eovaldi needed just 91 pitches to strike out seven and walk three while allowing just one run on three hits, lowering his ERA to 1.46., "After starting season 0-3, Red Sox complete three-game sweep of Rays," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of strikeout


1887, in the meaning defined above


1707, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of strikeout was in 1707

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12 May 2021

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strikeout

baseball : an out in baseball that occurs when a batter gets three strikes


strike·​out | \ ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio) \

Kids Definition of strikeout

: an out in baseball that results from a batter getting three strikes during a turn at bat

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