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 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 Beginning with a May 15 doubleheader against the Yankees through the end of June, Davis posted a .145 average, striking out in 43 of his 90 plate appearances with no home runs. Nathan Ruiz,, "‘I have hope now’: Orioles’ Chris Davis carrying confidence early in offseason," 5 Nov. 2019 Hudson struck out Michael Brantley for the last out, then threw his glove to start the celebration. CBS News, "Washington Nationals defeat Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to win World Series," 31 Oct. 2019 Hudson struck out Michael Brantley for the last out, then threw his glove to start the celebration. Ben Walker, Twin Cities, "Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title," 30 Oct. 2019 Hudson struck out Michael Brantley for the last out, then threw his glove to start the celebration. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title," 30 Oct. 2019 Shortly before Robles struck out, Washington manager Dave Martinez was perturbed when a pitch by one of his relievers didn't go the Nationals' way. Ben Walker,, "With each pitch at this World Series, the call gets louder for robot umps," 29 Oct. 2019 Josh James earned the win, striking out Ryan Zimmerman with two aboard to end the fifth. Washington Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1," 26 Oct. 2019 The slumping Correa hit a weak fly ball before rookie pinch-hitter Kyle Tucker struck out, allowing Strasburg to wriggle out of the jam and end his solid night. Kristie Rieken, Anchorage Daily News, "Nationals demolish Astros in Houston to take commanding 2-0 World Series lead," 24 Oct. 2019 Life left the stadium as the Astros struck out another slumping slugger. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros win Game 4, push Yankees to brink of elimination," 18 Oct. 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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27 Oct 2019

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“Strikeout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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