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: 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 The right-hander had 173 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings and received first-team All-State honors from the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Meet 12 female high school athletes from the Louisville area we miss watching this spring," 15 Apr. 2020 Singles have fallen to record lows, while strikeouts have soared. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Home Run Revolution," 21 Mar. 2020 Tejada had 12 strikeouts and an RBI in the win over the Texans in the district opener. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Tejada fuels Humble as squad seeks return to playoffs," 14 Mar. 2020 But the Astros’ hitters had the fewest strikeouts in the majors this season, making contact consistently without sacrificing power. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Nationals Stayed in the Fight, Then Delivered a Knockout," 31 Oct. 2019 Several other players, including newcomer CJ Cron, Victor Reyes and Willi Castro, were enjoying strong springs for a club that last season set a major-league record for strikeouts. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers hitting coach's message to players: Now's the time to get right," 24 Apr. 2020 Detmers ends the season second nationally in strikeouts with 48 in four starts. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "'There will always be a what if': Louisville baseball copes with shortened season," 18 Mar. 2020 The Reds also led the N.L. in strikeouts, and only the Dodgers allowed fewer hits. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A Baseball Radical Infiltrates the Reds. They Couldn’t Be Happier.," 6 Mar. 2020 Lance Lynn matched Minor in innings and surpassed him in strikeouts last year. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "After years of resentment, Rangers’ Mike Minor no longer feels the need to play with a chip on his shoulder," 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jimenez strikes out seven and walks six, and helps his own cause with an RBI single. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Phillies’ Mike Schmidt hits four home runs in one game," 17 Apr. 2020 Yanez struck out seven and allowed just one runner to advance past second over six innings. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Brooke Yanez, Rachel Cid send No. 9 Oregon softball past St. Mary’s," 11 Mar. 2020 Thomas Ballard struck out seven and yielded only one hit. Daniel Boyette, al, "Huntsville spring roundup: Bob Jones’ Dylan Ray hits walk-off HR, tosses no-hitter," 9 Mar. 2020 After striking out seven, his playoffs look like this: A 6-0 record, a 1.98 ERA, 47 strikeouts to just four walks, and most important: Dominant performances in three elimination games. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Stephen Strasburg brilliant as Nationals overcome deficit, controversy to force Game 7 vs. Astros," 30 Oct. 2019 Strasburg allowed five hits and two runs — both in the first inning — walked two and struck out seven in the signature moment of his career. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Nationals Overcome Astros in Game 6 to Extend World Series," 29 Oct. 2019 The 29-year-old righthander, unbeaten in 25 starts since his last loss on May 22, allowed four hits and struck out seven., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 16 Oct. 2019 Both got no-decisions in that game, a 7-5 win by the Yankees in which Greinke struck out seven and allowed two runs over five innings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Astros’ added ace Greinke drops 2nd playoff start in ALCS G1," 12 Oct. 2019 Went seven innings giving up no runs, five hits, two walks and striking out eight in a win. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Vote for Week 2 Arizona high school baseball top performers: March 2-6," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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