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 Bieber still managed to record his 700th career strikeout in the fourth inning, becoming the 28th player in franchise history to reach the mark, the first since Trevor Bauer in 2018. Joe Noga, cleveland, 13 June 2022 Zache recorded her 17th strikeout of the night before inducing a shallow pop fly to center to end the inning. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2022 Javier Báez, who signed a six-year, $140 million contract in December, received plenty of boos from the crowd after his strikeout in the fifth inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2022 Barnett recorded his 10th strikeout with the previous at-bat. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 5 June 2022 The pitcher did it herself, firing three consecutive strikes to retire Northwestern’s all-time home run leader, celebrating her most important strikeout of the night with a ferocious fist pump and yell. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 The right-hander dominated the St. Louis Cardinals over seven innings, recording his 500th career strikeout along the way as the Milwaukee Brewers earned a split of their four-game series at Busch Stadium with an 8-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 May 2022 Hager walked off the mound with a smile, and retained the ball from his first major league strikeout. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2022 Kolby Somers gave up a two-run single that brought the tying run to the plate with two outs but closed out the win with his third strikeout in 1.0 inning of work. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In six innings of play, the Kennedy batters didn’t strike out a single time. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 But McMillan then recorded a strike out end the inning. Mike Rodak |, al, 24 May 2022 Outfielder Thomas Chiappetti came on to get the last out on a strike out. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 After a George Springer walk in the third, Giménez took a throw from catcher Luke Maile and gunned out Springer at first base for a strike out, throw out double play to end the inning. Joe Noga, cleveland, 8 May 2022 The Lady Airedales blasted two Waldron pitchers for 13 hits and did not have a batter strike out. Henry Apple, Arkansas Online, 29 Mar. 2022 Janie Reed tripled to right center with one out in the U.S. home first but was thrown out trying to score on a strike out/wild pitch. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Burnes is the first pitcher since at least 1901 to strike out 40 without a walk in a four-game stretch., 24 Apr. 2021 Greene became the second starter in MLB history to allow eight runs and also strike out seven batters in fewer than three full innings. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 5 May 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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18 Jun 2022

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

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

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