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

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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

bomb, collapse, crater, fail, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, tank, wash out

Antonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

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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

Key stats: 6-1 with 52 strikeouts in 52 innings and a 2.15 ERA. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Introducing the 2018 Daily Southtown Baseball All-Area Team," 22 June 2018 Worrell finished 22-2 (1.12 ERA) with 119 strikeouts in 157 innings and led the team in batting average (.379) and hits (39) while finishing with 28 RBI and nine extra-base hits. J.c. Carnahan,, "Sentinel softball all-area teams topped by Hagerty's Ashley Worrell," 8 June 2018 The freshman hurler was 17-2, compiling a 0.67 ERA with 193 strikeouts in 126 innings., "2018 MIAA girls’ softball tournament brackets," 5 June 2018 On the mound: 3-1 with 43 strikeouts in 322/3 innings. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "On muted singing and mighty swinging," 14 May 2018 Those were the only runs allowed by Batavia’s Sammi Wicks (4-3), who threw a four-hitter with three walks and three strikeouts. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Northern Illinois recruit Katie Keller slugs two-run homer to lift Geneva past Batavia," 2 May 2018 Yacabonis, making his second big league start, held the Yankees down from there, completing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Jon Meoli,, "Danny Valencia's three-run homer gives Orioles 5-4 win vs. Yankees, ending six-game slide," 9 July 2018 Fulmer pitched seven innings, giving up three runs — two earned — on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers shut out by Texas Rangers, 3-0; Michael Fulmer now 3-8," 8 July 2018 The 18-year-old Edwards is hitting .423/.515/.423 with one RBI, six steals, six walks and four strikeouts in seven games in the rookie-level Arizona League. Jeff Sanders,, "Chris Paddack dominant in Texas League debut," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Buehler struck out eight over seven innings of four-run ball in Game 3 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium, but took a 4-0 loss. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "In 2-0 hole, Dodgers turn to rookie Buehler to rescue them," 25 Oct. 2018 Before an elbow injury sidelined him in June, Ohtani posted a 3.10 ERA in his first nine outings, striking out 61 batters in 49 1/3 innings. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Shohei Ohtani Visualized His Baseball Success," 11 Sep. 2018 Many of the old fishing boats were scuttled to prevent disgruntled locals from striking out for Sweden to escape the regime. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "An Unmissable Summer Holiday in the Baltics," 22 Aug. 2018 After striking out 10 in his prior start, Marlins’ No. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "This pitching prospect picked up valuable insights this spring from Marlins' starters," 9 July 2018 Each of these leaders was willing to innovate and boldly strike out in new directions. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Politics and Policy," 10 Dec. 2018 That set the stage for Seymour, who in his first three at bats flied to center, walked and struck out swinging. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA baseball: Down to his last strike, Joe Seymour delivers for Germantown," 11 July 2018 The right-hander allowed one run on two hits and struck out six. Charles Rich,, "Burroughs baseball falls to No. 1 seed in VIBL quarterfinals," 10 July 2018 Kemp threatened to score from third, but Altuve struck out looking. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt helps Astros fend off White Sox," 9 July 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 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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