Main definitions of bunt in English

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bunt1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Baseball
    (of a batter) gently tap (a pitched ball) without swinging in an attempt to make it more difficult to field:

    ‘he tried to bunt the ball down the first baseline’
    [no object] ‘Phil bunted and got to first’
    • ‘Harris must focus on bunting and keeping the ball on the ground.’
    • ‘He wrote, ‘Do you bunt the ball, or do you prefer to hit and run?’’
    • ‘Brown suffered a fractured pinkie finger on his throwing hand when he was trying to bunt a pitch from RHP Pat Mahomes.’
    • ‘In the 19th inning of the marathon game, Conigliaro attempted to bunt with two strikes.’
    • ‘Manager Ozzie Guillen wants to use Harris like the Marlins use Juan Pierre, taking advantage of his speed by bunting and keeping the ball down.’
    • ‘I think it was Lenny Dykstra who bunted a ball in the air.’
    • ‘Then Christian Jorgensen bunted, the ball landed virtually at his feet but a wild throw to first base allowed him in.’
    • ‘Australian Natalie Ward was the first to put a run on the board in the eighth innings when Simmone Morrow bunted the ball and a throwing error by the Chinese allowed her to race to second base while Ward skipped home.’
    • ‘The Mets had Jerry Grote on second and Al Weis on first when J.C. Martin bunted the ball toward the first base line that was fielded by Pete Richert, the Baltimore pitcher.’
    • ‘Joe bunted the ball over the net and it was headed straight for Abby.’
    • ‘Although he showed by laying down some bunts he knows what he can do with his speed, he hasn't mastered the tactic and bunts the ball foul or into outs.’
    • ‘Speedier players can also try to bunt the ball and run out the throw to a base, giving basemen hard tags to ensure that they'll be safe when they reach the bag.’
    • ‘Lima bunted the ball, which hit directly in front of the plate and appeared to bounce up and hit not only his bat but also his leg.’
    • ‘Kevin pitched the ball and Ryan calmly bunted the ball just far enough for it to count.’
    • ‘Delgado, who considers himself a gap-to-gap hitter, says that through all of the seasons he has faced shifts, he never has attempted to bunt.’
    • ‘Against the Dodgers last week, with 2B Delino DeShields on second, Patterson bunted the ball past the third baseman and ended up on second with an infield double and an RBI.’
    • ‘Ken Macha had Swisher attempt to bunt once, then allowed him to swing away in hopes of pulling the ball and moving the runner over to third.’
    • ‘With a runner on first the batter bunts the ball in front of the plate.’
    • ‘On Sunday night, facing a gimpy Curt Schilling, St. Louis didn't even attempt to bunt or even to steal a base.’
    • ‘He promptly bunted the ball back to Kaat for an easy out at first.’
    1. 1.1 (of a batter) help (a base runner) to progress to a further base by bunting a ball:
      ‘he bunted Davis to third’
      • ‘Chuck Knoblauch bunted the two over and Jeter hit a sacrifice fly to center for the first run of the game.’
      • ‘‘Any time we've bunted the guy over, it's been the hitter's option,’ Boles says.’
      • ‘Not only is CF Alex Sanchez bunting his way on base at a record pace, he's also bunting runners home.’
      • ‘During batting practice, Carroll works on his strengths - such as hitting the ball the other way with a runner on second base and bunting a runner over to second base.’
      • ‘Wang Chien-ming of the Yankees bunts a runner to second base while facing the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday.’
      • ‘Gerald Priddy bunted Stevens over to second, bringing Whitey Platt to the plate.’
      • ‘After Stacey Nuveman bunted her to third, Lovieanne Jung fouled off 13 pitches before drawing a walk.’
      • ‘Reggie Smith was on first, and Alston wanted me to bunt him over.’
      • ‘‘Walter wouldn't bunt me over to second if I thought I could steal the base,’ Wills recalls.’
      • ‘Reed started it with a sweet bunt hit toward first, Scott Spiezio and Dan Wilson singled for one run and Ramon Santiago bunted the runners over, and with first base open Scioscia ordered Ichiro walked intentionally.’
      • ‘U.S. coach Mike Candrea sent Amada Freed to second, and Stacey Nuveman bunted her to third on the first pitch from Juri Takayama.’
      • ‘Miguel Cairo singled to open the inning, Jeter bunted him over, and after A-Rod lined out, Gary Sheffield went to 3-before being intentionally walked.’
      • ‘The Rangers had Rusty Greer coming to the plate with first base open because Johnny Oats had bunted a runner over to second.’
      • ‘He drew his walk on a full count to start the fifth inning and Fairly bunted him to second.’
      • ‘Garner figures if Taveras gets on, the pitcher can bunt him over, allowing the speedy Taveras to score on a single.’
      • ‘Chris Capuano hit Brad Wilkerson on the right shoulder with a 1-2 pitch in the ninth, and Jamey Carroll bunted Wilkerson to second.’
      • ‘Orlando Palmeiro led off the inning with a single, Adam Everett bunted him to second and Ausmus doubled to right-center to drive in the winning run in a 3-2 defeat of the Mets.’
  • 2Push or butt:

    ‘Gary bunted her with his head’
    • ‘She bunted her calf, Molly, up on top of the gate with her horns.’
    • ‘The thunder belonged to a herd of baby elephants who began to bunt the walls.’
    • ‘He bunted me with his huge head and then tried to pluck the buttons off my shirt.’
    ram, headbutt, bunt
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noun

  • 1Baseball
    An act or result of bunting a pitched ball.

    • ‘With Curt Schilling carrying a perfect game with one out in the eighth inning, Davis had the audacity to drop down a bunt, which he beat out for a single.’
    • ‘Angels first baseman Mike Epstein ruined North's plan by reaching the bunt before Lange.’
    • ‘With Enrique Wilson on first and none out, Travis Fryman laid down a bunt that first baseman Tino Martinez fielded inside the line.’
    • ‘When Jim Abbott first took the mound for the California Angels, we could see his disability - that he had only one hand, making the fielding of ground balls and bunts far more than a routine chore.’
    • ‘Vernon, an excellent hitter who had won the 1946 batting title with a.353 mark, rapped two singles in four at-bats against Joe Coleman, including a bunt.’
    • ‘He comes in for bunts and barehands the ball well, and he shows good range to both his left and right.’
    • ‘Light-hitting Gene ‘Stick’ Michael attempted the squeeze bunt but missed the ball completely, leaving Munson a seemingly easy out at the plate.’
    • ‘The ball is alive if Lieberthal catches the foul bunt on the fly.’
    • ‘But Jeff's injury was more freakish, as he was hit in the face with a ball while squaring up for a bunt.’
    • ‘He checks the foul lines to see which way bunts will roll, then it's out to center to fire balls off the wall to see how they will carom.’
    • ‘Johnson is a well-rounded batter, able to spray line drives to all fields and drop down bunts.’
    • ‘Alou has the arm for centerfield, and his bat can deliver whatever the play calls for - from a home run to a bunt.’
    • ‘Leiter's back was to the runner, and he delivered the pitch home, where Finley dropped down a bunt, and another run was chalked to make the score 9-6.’
    • ‘Still, Lewis got the bat on the ball and the bunt proved to be the game-winner.’
    • ‘The Padres score the game's first run in the third inning on a handful of singles and a bunt.’
    • ‘Not many players in the Major Leagues can claim to have put their team in a position to win with both a home run, a bunt and an assist.’
    • ‘However, the plans backfired as the still agile southpaw turned many of those bunts into double plays by catching them in mid-air.’
    • ‘If you beat out a bunt without benefit of an error or fielder's choice, it's a hit, not a sacrifice.’
    • ‘But he drove in the tying run with a sharp single down the rightfield line, advanced to second when Raul Mondesi misplayed the ball, and took third on a sac bunt.’
    • ‘When I come up for my first at-bat, I'll lay down a bunt so I can try to get a single.’
  • 2An act of flying an aircraft in part of an outside loop.

    • ‘In that case most of the time it would need to be flown in a bunt.’
    • ‘In those days, fighter planes did not have ejection seats and pilots had to use alternative methods, such as the 'bunt', to get out of the plane.’
    • ‘In a bunt, the aircraft experiences a rapid, uncontrolled, tight forward pitching rotation.’
    • ‘The pilot momentarily pulled back on the stick and then executed a slat bunt.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: probably related to the noun butt (the original sense).

Pronunciation:

bunt

/bʌnt/

Main definitions of bunt in English

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bunt2

noun

  • The baggy centre of a fishing net or a sail.

    • ‘There will be further testing of rigid grids to determine an optimum gap size, colour and material for grids placed in the bunt of the fishing net to allow release of non-target salmon and other species without handling.’
    • ‘The sailors hoisted the trysails a little way, tightened the sheets, fixed bunts to the sail, and strengthened the tackle and the stop of the lateen yard.’
    • ‘You can read all the accounts of the battle of Trafalgar you like, but none will give you quite the same understanding as actually hauling on the throat, sweating the peak or making fast the bunts and clews.’

Origin

Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bunt

/bʌnt/

Main definitions of bunt in English

: bunt1bunt2bunt3

bunt3

(also wheat bunt)

noun

  • [mass noun] A disease of wheat caused by a smut fungus, the spores of which give off a smell of rotten fish.

    Also called stinking smut
    • ‘Some wheat seed treatments that can be used to prevent common bunt, stinking smut and seedling blight.’
    • ‘It is also good insurance against common bunt and loose smut.’
    • ‘Table I is a partial list of seed treatment fungicides that will not only protect against seedling blight but also prevent infection by the common bunt and loose smut fungi.’
    • ‘The most popular fungicide treatment at the Oregon co-op is Raxil XT, which has good control against smut, bunt, Rhizoctonia and Pythium, von Borstel says.’
    • ‘Select good quality, cleaned and treated seed and plant at the proper time to lessen the risk of crown and root rot, wheat streak mosaic, soil-borne mosaic, common bunt and loose smut.’
    • ‘All wheat seed should be treated with a fungicide to control soilborne seed rots and seedling blights, seed-borne Stagonospora and Fusarium seedling blight, loose smut and bunt.’
    • ‘The primary purpose of treating wheat seed is to protect it from the smut diseases with common bunt being the target disease this season.’
    • ‘In addition when common bunt or stinking smut aren't identified in the seed, the results can be disastrous and the wheat unharvestable.’
    • ‘Plant well-cleaned, disease-free seed, treated with a fungicide that controls Fusarium seedling blight, bunt, and loose smut.’
    • ‘These include loose smut, common bunt, and seed-borne Septoria and scab.’

Origin

Early 17th century (denoting the puffball fungus): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bunt

/bʌnt/