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 In his one full season with the Diamondbacks during 2017, Walker started 28 games and pitched 157.1 innings for a 9-9 record, 146 strikeouts, and a 3.49 ERA. Oregon Sports News, oregonlive, "Taijuan Walker is back with the Seattle Mariners: ‘I’m comfortable here’," 15 Feb. 2020 Madison Preston, a transfer from Alabama, pitched the final four innings against Kansas with six strikeouts for her first win as a Sun Devil. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 22 ASU softball rallies to beat Kansas for 2-0 start," 7 Feb. 2020 A year ago, Odor ranked first in the AL in strikeouts (178) and second-to-last in OBP (.283). Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers spring training issues: Texas has a hole in the middle that’s a matter in question for 2020 and beyond," 3 Feb. 2020 Participants are assigned a score depending on a player's home runs, hits, strikeouts, earned run average, runs batted in and other metrics during a game. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "DraftKings sports gambler sues MLB over sign-stealing scandal," 24 Jan. 2020 Verlander entered Saturday’s start six strikeouts away from finally reaching the total. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Justin Verlander joins 3,000-strikeout club," 28 Sep. 2019 And Cease pitched well enough, allowing three runs and four hits with six strikeouts and four walks in five innings, to earn the win. Lamond Pope,, "‘It’s a lot different than anything you can prepare for in the minor leagues’: Dylan Cease reflects on his rookie season with the White Sox," 25 Sep. 2019 For the 12th straight season, Major League Baseball set the single-season strikeout record. Scooby Axson,, "MLB Sets Strikeout Record Again," 25 Sep. 2019 Luzardo’s given up two runs over six innings in two appearances with six strikeouts. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Mark Canha walks off in Athletics’ win over Royals, but a key moment went down in the bullpen," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 860 innings, LeBlanc has struck out 629 and walked 258. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Wade LeBlanc going to spring training with new team," 29 Jan. 2020 Cook continued to explore Earth’s northern regions, eventually striking out on his own for the North Pole in 1907. National Geographic, "Arctic obsession drove explorers to seek the North Pole," 24 Jan. 2020 Caro seems intent on letting the original stand on its own and is striking out to do something new—a far more intriguing approach. David Sims, The Atlantic, "25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 In mid-2017, former pro surfer Paul Fisher decided to leave the DJ duo Cut Snake and strike out on his own. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "How Fisher's 'Losing It' Became One of the Biggest Dance Hits of the Decade," 19 Dec. 2019 Cotton struck out 24 and walked 10 before the A’s designated him for assignment on Nov. 20. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs acquire right-hander Jharel Cotton from the Athletics," 23 Nov. 2019 Urquidy allowed two hits in five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none. Washington Post, "Urquidy, Bregman lead Astros over Nats 8-1 to tie Series 2-2," 27 Oct. 2019 Verlander struck out 11 and walked only one as the Nationals couldn't mount any threat against him. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Simulated World Series: Alex Bregman's blasts carry Astros in Game 2 rout of Nationals," 23 Oct. 2019 Cueto gave up three hits, struck out two and walked two. Gideon Rubin,, "Eighth-inning wild pitch costly for Marlins in San Francisco," 15 Sep. 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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17 Feb 2020

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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