Definition of baseball in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A ball game played between two teams of nine on a diamond-shaped circuit of four bases. It is played chiefly as a warm-weather sport in the US and Canada.

    ‘a game of baseball’
    [as modifier] ‘a baseball player’
    • ‘He did say he just loved the game of baseball and wanted to be at the center of all the action.’
    • ‘The concept is that correct baseball is a game of small details, and baseball is a game of details.’
    • ‘This innovation led to the transformation of the Cardinals from one of the worst teams in baseball to one of the best.’
    • ‘Yes, very pleased for Johnny Damon and all them - they're my favourite team in baseball now.’
    • ‘Not too bad for a guy who grew up in an area of our country not known for professional baseball.’
    • ‘So today we have to be a little bit more creative in getting these kids to play baseball.’
    • ‘The highest level of baseball Wang ever played was on a Level B team for a record company years ago.’
    • ‘The XFL gave us teams we didn't need, while major league baseball plans to take away teams we want.’
    • ‘There were dire predictions of the demise of baseball as a major sport if a strike or lockout took place.’
    • ‘Until recently there was barely any testing of baseball players for steroids.’
    • ‘He became enamored with the game of baseball when he moved to Canada for his high school years.’
    • ‘I had no idea of what was to come as we drove on home returning from my baseball game.’
    • ‘That, of course, is what they said in baseball and now the sport is a discredited shambles.’
    • ‘This is one of the saddest things for me in baseball because I see a ton of talent there.’
    • ‘It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk.’
    • ‘By the early twentieth century, baseball had become America's national sport.’
    • ‘They actually turn up at stadiums to cheer their baseball and football and ice hockey teams.’
    • ‘I suppose that's the same appeal of watching baseball or golf or tennis live.’
    • ‘At school, Eisenhower proved to be a star athlete excelling in both baseball and American football.’
    • ‘When he was at his peak, baseball and boxing were the only two truly national sports in America.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]The hard ball used in baseball.
      • ‘No batted ball has ever hit the center field scoreboard, but two baseballs narrowly missed it.’
      • ‘He continually bailed out at the plate, shifting his head and neck in an effort to bypass the blind spot that he encountered when he tried to view baseballs head-on.’
      • ‘He was taking the baseballs out of the umpire's bag.’
      • ‘He probably hit baseballs harder and further than anybody who played the game, especially from both sides of the plate.’
      • ‘Inside the engineering marvel that likely was never really suited for baseball, there were just two people on the field and a few buckets of baseballs.’
      • ‘He ordered seven dozen baseballs from Rawlings.’
      • ‘If you enjoy watching pitchers throw baseballs from the mound toward the plate rather than folding chairs from the bullpen into the stands, then Tuesday was your kind of night.’
      • ‘When no one was in line, the owner of the hobby shop made sure Joe was busy, continually providing him with boxes of baseballs and photos to sign for subsequent sale.’
      • ‘He sat in the Mariners clubhouse not long ago, signing a few baseballs brought to him by coach John Moses.’
      • ‘But, we enjoyed his stories and we all got autographed baseballs.’
      • ‘More than that, he loved throwing baseballs so hard that they popped into the glove and turned hands red.’
      • ‘He also sponsors a local youth league and supplies baseballs, bats and cleats.’
      • ‘That to me was a great moment, because you don't catch too many baseballs barehanded.’
      • ‘After the game, the kids were lined up along the rail from the dugout to shallow right field, with their scorecards and baseballs in hand, hoping for an autograph.’
      • ‘In so doing, the baseballs dropped out of his ball bag.’
      • ‘We sold baseballs and made baseballs, and I was the batboy.’
      • ‘If you wanted to do better, the thing to do is to throw the baseballs harder.’
      • ‘They had seen Murray blister baseballs from the right side in previous years, so they flocked to Asheville to stop the experiment in its tracks.’
      • ‘As players were getting bigger, ballparks and strike zones were getting smaller, bats and baseballs were getting harder and the quality of pitching was declining.’
      • ‘Parker arrived early at the ballpark, and the first person out of the Arkansas clubhouse was Wilson, who was carrying a batting tee and a bag of baseballs.’