Definition of pickoff in English:



  • 1Baseball
    An act of catching a runner off base, involving a sudden throw of the ball to that base by the pitcher or catcher.

    [as modifier] ‘a pickoff play’
    • ‘The pitcher throws to first base on a pickoff attempt.’
    • ‘No major league pitcher, to our knowledge. has ever matched his feat of retiring three runners on pickoff throws in one inning’
    • ‘But then he made a crucial mistake, making a wide pickoff throw to first base.’
    • ‘Every inning seemed to feature runners on base, full counts, pickoff throws, pitching changes, and breaks to go wake up spectators who may have dozed off.’
    • ‘When a runner gets on second against the Cubs, pitchers often use a ‘no-look’ sign and attempt a pickoff throw.’
  • 2A device in the control or guidance system of an aircraft or boat which emits or alters an electrical, optical, or pneumatic output in response to a change in motion.

    • ‘The generating voltmeter and capacitor pickoff signal were quiet.’
    • ‘However, newer systems have a pickoff located directly on the drive shaft, which makes optical devices less practical.’