strike·out | \ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t \

Definition of strikeout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an out in baseball resulting from a batter's being charged with three strikes

strike 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

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

His strikeout rate has nearly doubled while his walk rate has stayed consistently low. Matt Breen,, "Zach Eflin's emergence, and the struggles that made it possible," 2 July 2018 In his first 268 plate appearances, Simmons had 11 strikeouts, not even half his total of 25 walks. Jeff Miller,, "Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is an aberration in a league where strikeouts are soaring," 24 June 2018 The Padres’ 17 strikeouts Sunday were their most in a nine-inning game this season, and second only to their 20 in a 12-inning loss to the Dodgers on April 17. Kevin Acee,, "Padres lose to Braves as bats wilt in heat," 17 June 2018 Heimlich, now 10-1 and having just claimed Oregon State's career strikeout record, had thawed. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018 Eight strikeouts in nine batters isn’t a bad way to start a game. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "You can’t stop these guys: Red-hot Mariners rally to sweep Rays, now 15 games over .500," 4 June 2018 The difference between those three swings or the breaking balls left up or the strikeouts with runners in position is what this LSU team is trying to figure out in the last few weeks of the season. Brody Miller,, "How the lack of clutch plays continues to haunt LSU baseball," 4 May 2018 Gulf Coast League Orioles first-round draft pick Grayson Rodriguez made his debut with a pair of walks and a strikeout in a scoreless first inning Thursday for the GCL Orioles. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles minor league report: Closer Jhan Mariñez on a roll at Triple-A Norfolk," 8 July 2018 After a strikeout, Hughes forced Javier Baez into a grounder back to the mound but Hughes couldn’t secure the ball. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds bullpen blows 5-run lead in loss to Chicago Cubs," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Odor had struck out 38 times in 143 at-bats, a 27-percent K rate, but a hitter who rarely walks had drawn 14 of them. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 July 2018 Smith was effective on the mound, going 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA in eight appearances and striking out 33 over 27 innings. James Weber,, "Announcing 2017-18 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high school Spring All-Stars," 29 June 2018 Dunning gave up one earned run on four hits and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings against the Montgomery Biscuits. Phil Thompson,, "White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning exits Double-A game with elbow injury," 24 June 2018 University starter Cade Carlson struck out nine over six innings while throwing 105 pitches. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "University lost a heartbreaker in Class A title game, but season was 'monumental'," 16 June 2018 Dracut 3, Gloucester 2 — Mark Murray allowed two runs and struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings and Patrick Crowley had two hits and an RBI as the Middies (12-10) advanced to the sectional semifinals. Karl Capen,, "Braintree edges Brookline in D1 South baseball playoffs," 12 June 2018 On Saturday, Brady Singer struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' draft pick Jackson Kowar was hit by nasty line drive during Florida's game," 11 June 2018 Davis came to bat with the bases loaded and hammered home two runs, but the rally fell short with a game-ending strike out. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold State Class M Softball Runnerup," 11 June 2018 Werner came on in relief and earned the win, striking out three in five innings. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Butler ends Ballard's season, advances to final six at state softball," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of strikeout

baseball : an out in baseball that occurs when a batter gets three strikes


strike·out | \ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t \

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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