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 Doing so lowered his WHIP to an N.L.-best 1.01, while his eight strikeouts put him atop the league in that category, too. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "The Mets’ Other Chase: Jacob deGrom Seeks a Second Cy Young," 15 Sep. 2019 In his first big-league game since July 18, 2018, Cueto threw 69 pitches, held the Pirates to a single and a walk (both in the third inning) and registered his fourth strikeout on his final pitch, a 3-2 changeup that Kevin Kramer swung over. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Johnny Cueto one-hits Pirates over 5 innings in victorious return," 10 Sep. 2019 Lamet ace stuff, as his 11.19 strikeouts per nine innings through his first 32 career starts suggests. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dinelson Lamet continues to build toward Padres’ 2020 vision for him," 7 Sep. 2019 In a six-pitch battle, Brian won the brotherly matchup, striking out Colin with a 72 MPH slider for his first career strikeout. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins LHP Brian Moran faces brother in MLB debut, first such occurrence since 1900," 6 Sep. 2019 With the count 3-2, Brian snuck a slider over the middle of the plate for his first career strikeout. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Marlins pitcher Brian Moran's first MLB strikeout victim is ... his brother Colin," 5 Sep. 2019 Hand’s ERA is way up since the All-Star break and his strikeouts are down., "Cleveland Indians’ closer Brad Hand having problems closing door: Crowquill," 25 Aug. 2019 His 11 strikeouts set a new season high and brought him just one shy of his career high, which he likely would have eclipsed if he had been sent out after the seventh inning. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Jose Berrios shines as Twins pound Marlins," 31 July 2019 Pitching on eight days' rest, the slender right-hander featured a biting curveball that led to six of his seven strikeouts, all swinging. Scott Orgera,, "Domingo German helps Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-0," 13 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Left-hander Travis Radke struck out one in a perfect ninth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Taylor Trammell slams Sod Poodles to Texas League championship," 15 Sep. 2019 Adames also pinch hit Saturday, striking out in the ninth The Giants have now used 36 of the players on their 40-man roster.. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Giants make sure champion River Cats get just rewards," 14 Sep. 2019 Pinch-hitter Russell Mar-tin walked, but Dodgers catcher Will Smith, in a rare battle of players with the same name, struck out to end the game. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw left frustrated by short start in Dodgers’ loss to Giants," 6 Sep. 2019 James allowed a go-ahead homer to Kyle Seager in the 12th but struck out the side in the 13th to set the stage for Michael Brantley's game-winning home run. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Josh James resilient, effective since return to Astros," 6 Sep. 2019 Last outing: Fried struck out 11 Chicago White Sox batters in six innings. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves odds, predictions, picks and best bets," 5 Sep. 2019 Iran apparently has now struck out in its attempts to launch a satellite this year. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019 Gonsalves gave up a home run and struck out one in an inning on Saturday. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins set home run record: ‘I’d expect to see more of it’," 10 Aug. 2019 Just ask Prince William, who apparently struck out in a big way with a crush in college. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Was Brutally Rejected by Texas Heiress Meghann Gundermann in College," 30 June 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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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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