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

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 However, Gators reliever Connor Fleming remained unfazed, getting out of the jam with a strikeout and a line out to shortstop. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 Any momentum from Tucker's strikeout was chewed up by the Astros shortly thereafter, as Diaz hit Hutchison's second-pitch, 92.4 mph four-seam fastball into the seats in short left-center. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 The seven-inning, eight-strikeout, one-walk gem from Joe Musgrove was the MLB-leading 17th quality start of the season. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 In the nightcap, the Dodgers won 6-2 behind a five-RBI performance from Mookie Betts, who went two for five with a three-run double and two-run homer, but also a solid five-inning, two-run, seven-strikeout start from Tyler Anderson. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Rookie outfielders Steven Kwan and Richie Palacios were turned every which way but loose and Shane Bieber failed to register a strikeout for the first time in 86 career starts as the Blue Jays soared to a 8-3 victory. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 7 May 2022 After recording a strikeout to start the seventh, Rohlfing allowed an infield single. Paul Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Harrell allowed two runners in the seventh but eventually recorded a strikeout to end the contest. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 Don Drysdale is third on the Dodgers' career strikeout list with 2,486 and Sandy Koufax is fourth at 2,396. Joe Reedy, ajc, 1 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lodolo gave up a solo home run to Owen Miller in the 3rd, but bounced back to strike out Ernie Clement and kept the Reds' deficit at three runs with a flyout of Austin Hedges. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 13 Apr. 2022 Hansen, who pitched the first four innings, returned to strike out Amani Bradley and Nicole Hammoude each looking. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2022 Players who get on base, don’t strike out much and go to the plate with the idea of using the whole field instead of just pulling the ball. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Lopez is only the third player in the history of the CIF San Diego Section to strike out every batter in a seven-inning game. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 On a break from filming, Spielberg floated the idea by Mathison only to strike out. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 As the demand continued to grow, Bianco suggested Chacon strike out on his own. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Cooke and Blackwell, who by then had become alienated from their boss, proposed a deal that would allow the two to strike out on their own. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 After a two-out walk, Kilfoyl got Kerr to strike out and end the top half. Michael Casagrande |, al, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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