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

bomb, collapse, crater, fail, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, tank, wash out

Antonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

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Examples of strikeout in a Sentence


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

Ramírez got out of the inning, but that was it — a loss despite five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles undone by Davis' two-run error, quiet offense in 4-1 loss to Phillies," 4 July 2018 The club ranks second-to-last in the majors in both strikeouts per nine innings (7.8) and average fastball velocity (92.3 mph). Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks taxing bullpen but still getting results," 11 July 2018 The rookie is tied for third among NL relievers in WHIP (0.74) and ranks 12th in strikeouts per nine innings (12.9) and 16th in ERA (1.82). Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' whole is greater than sum of their parts, as All-Star voting proves | Extra Innings," 9 July 2018 Yoan Moncada, who leads the majors in strikeouts, is back in the leadoff spot. Paul Sullivan,, "Carlos Rodon faces Astros' ace Justin Verlander as White Sox return to Minute Maid Park," 5 July 2018 In addition to a typically dominant slider, Bundy used his changeup 16 times on 99 pitches for a pair of strikeouts plus three field outs on the pitch. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Dylan Bundy steady again in win over Braves," 24 June 2018 Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has a 2.20 ERA and leads the AL in strikeouts. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball’s Record Books," 6 June 2018 Moore opened with two scoreless innings, recording four of the six outs on strikeouts as his curveball looked sharper, but then allowed four runs (three earned) over the next two innings as the Rangers trailed 4-2. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "The search for a fix continues for self-described work-in-progress Moore," 30 May 2018 The Millers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, and had two runners in scoring position in the third before Edwards closed out the inning with her first of three strikeouts. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "HS softball: Calm, confident freshman leads Noblesville to sectional title," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What followed proved just as unrelenting, and in the end, Red Sox pitchers struck out 18 batters. Alex Speier,, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 2018 McGrath struck out two more batters in the seventh. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Cleaning up: Matt Dornbos drives in three runs as St. Laurence tops H-F for summer baseball regional title," 11 July 2018 Hector Rondon struck out two batters for a strong seventh save. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt helps Astros fend off White Sox," 9 July 2018 Charlotte Knights pitcher Michael Kopech has struck out 97 batters in 73.1 innings of work this season. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "White Sox prospect Michael Kopech stopped listening, went from struggling to sizzling," 27 June 2018 Los Angeles had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth when Josh Hader struck out Justin Turner. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Dodger Grandal leads Brewers to 8-5 win over Los Angeles," 13 Apr. 2019 Apple Music lead the charge, striking out at Spotify. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019 The same goes for Craig Kimbrel, a 30-year-old closer who struck out 14 batters per nine innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s All-Unemployed Team," 11 Feb. 2019 Two of the members of the over-the-top Southern family made famous by USA Network's hit reality series are striking out on their own. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Chase and Savannah Chrisley's New Show Is Coming to TV Soon—Here's What We Know," 16 Mar. 2019

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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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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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