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 His 56 strikeouts during Arizona's 2001 run remains the most ever in a single postseason. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Baseball Hall of Fame: Controversial persona aside, Curt Schilling deserves to be honored," 14 Jan. 2020 His 255 strikeouts were the most in the N.L., and his 2.43 E.R.A. ranked second behind the 2.32 of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who finished second in the voting. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "Jacob deGrom Wins Second Straight Cy Young Award," 13 Nov. 2019 Just one of his three strikeouts concluded upon it. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros drop Game 6 of World Series to Nationals," 30 Oct. 2019 Corey Seager also has only three hits and A.J Pollock is looking for his first hit to offset his stunning 10 strikeouts in a dozen at-bats. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers have all the NLDS Game 5 advantages — and all the pressure," 8 Oct. 2019 Astros ace Justin Verlander recorded his 3,000th career strikeout on Saturday against the Angels, becoming the 18th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone. Jenna West,, "Astros' Justin Verlander Records 3000th Career Strikeout vs. Angels," 28 Sep. 2019 Jorge Alcala, in his second career appearance, recorded his first major league strikeout. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins become first team to reach 300 home runs in 10-4 victory over Tigers," 26 Sep. 2019 Last outing: Allowed two runs on four hits and a couple walks with seven strikeouts in six innings of a 6-2 road win vs. the Minnesota Twins. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals odds, picks and best bets," 16 Sep. 2019 Early on, Rogers did exactly what the team had hoped, hitting .302 with five home runs and 21 RBI, cutting down his strikeouts to earn a promotion from Erie. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "When will Detroit Tigers' Futures Game prospects reach the major leagues?," 30 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trained to treat the faux food as real, the bespectacled creatures struck out again and again. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 The lanky right-hander struck out seven, needed just 97 pitches to tame the Dodgers and only once went to three balls on a batter — against Pee Wee Reese in the first inning. Time, "Pitcher Don Larsen, Who Threw Only Perfect Game in World Series History, Dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The lanky right-hander struck out seven, needed just 97 pitches to tame the Dodgers and only once went to three balls on a batter. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The lanky right-hander struck out seven, needed just 97 pitches to tame the Dodgers and only once went to three balls on a batter. CBS News, "Don Larsen, the only pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter in World Series history, has died at age 90," 1 Jan. 2020 Once in the Wear OS camp, Samsung has struck out on its own with its homemade Tizen operating system for smartwatches and various other devices. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to choose the right smartwatch for you," 30 Dec. 2019 The left-handed Miley struck out 140 batters in 167 ⅓ innings last season. Kyle Brown,, "5 things to know about new Cincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley," 16 Dec. 2019 Strasburg, 31, struck out a career-best 251, won 18 games in pitching a National League-best 209 innings and then was the Nationals’ most indispensable cog in their run to a World Series title. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five burning questions for MLB's Winter Meetings," 5 Dec. 2019 Some participants strike out for a classic narrative—a cohesive, human-readable tale—hard-coding formal structures into their programs. Wired, "Text-Savvy AI Is Here to Write Fiction," 23 Nov. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Strikeout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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