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 His career batting average is .233, with a strikeout rate of one per game. Steven Wine,, "Adam Duvall goes from thorn in Marlins’ side to Miami’s slugging right fielder," 25 Feb. 2021 The Bulldogs got a one-out double down the line in left in the bottom of the seventh, but Diaz got out of the jam with a strikeout and Haley Cruse made a diving catch in right-center field to end the game. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon softball completes weekend sweep of Fresno State," 21 Feb. 2021 Keston Hiura's strikeout percentage of 34.4 is highest among qualified hitters in Brewers history. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Brewers records are threatened by the shortened season, and so is the best strikeout rate for a pitcher in MLB history," 23 Sep. 2020 Kremer, one of the main pieces the Orioles got in the trade that sent Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, had to grind through a 20-pitch first inning but ended it with a strikeout to get himself on track. Jon Meoli,, "Dean Kremer continues impressive start to career, but Orioles' bats can’t back him up in 3-1 loss to Rays," 17 Sep. 2020 His strikeout percentage has dropped from 30.2% to 18.9% since last year. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Matthew Boyd struggled yet again. Here's what his setback means for Detroit Tigers," 8 Aug. 2020 Cordero has raw power to spare, and improved his strikeout rate significantly last season. Globe Staff,, "A lesson from the Andrew Benintendi trade: The Red Sox can’t expect fans to get invested in stars if they are only fleeting," 12 Feb. 2021 His strikeout rate was the 40th-worst among qualified hitters. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Slugger Renato Nunez signs minor-league deal with Detroit Tigers, could fill 1B void," 10 Feb. 2021 The Giants also like his patience and walk-to-strikeout ratio: in five minor-league seasons, Wade has a .389 on-base percentage and fewer strikeouts (281) than walks (303). Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Giants outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. is multi-talented, including ping-pong prowess," 6 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The governor can strike out portions of the bill through a line-item veto. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Most Georgia state employees in line for $1,000 bonuses in amended budget deal," 11 Feb. 2021 Based on Michigan's current schedule, the two-week pause — which began Jan. 24 — would strike out four games: at Penn State, Indiana, at Northwestern and Michigan State. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan basketball is facing now with U-M's two-week COVID-19 variant pause," 24 Jan. 2021 Buehler overcame those blemishes to become the first pitcher in World Series history to strike out 10 despite not pitching longer than six innings. Mark Gonzales,, "5 observations from Game 3 of the World Series, including the Los Angeles Dodgers’ unheralded hero and Walker Buehler’s dominance of the Tampa Bay Rays," 24 Oct. 2020 Williams went to his incredible changeup to strike out Rizzo, keeping intact his average of two whiffs per inning. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 1, Cubs 0: The offense produced 18 fewer runs than the previous game and that was still enough," 11 Sep. 2020 If Britain tries to strike out on its own, some think the EU is almost certain to target the UK’s euro-derivatives clearing business. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "London lost a chunk of European stock trading this week. What will it lose next?," 8 Jan. 2021 Add to this the COVID-19 pandemic, which has driven skiers to shun crowded lifts and strike out for wild snow. David Goodman,, "More skiers heading out in search of wild snow," 14 Jan. 2021 Left-hander Gage Jump of JSerra will strike out 18 in a baseball game. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "2021 predictions: Eric Sondheimer peers into the crystal ball," 1 Jan. 2021 The Blazers routinely chase star power in the offseason and usually strike out. oregonlive, "Carmelo Anthony’s impact on Portland Trail Blazers runs deeper than minutes played," 7 Dec. 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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The first known use of strikeout was in 1707

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1 Mar 2021

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“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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