Definition of softball in US English:



  • 1A modified form of baseball played on a smaller field with a larger ball, seven rather than nine innings, and underarm pitching. The game evolved during the late 19th century from a form of indoor baseball.

    • ‘He also photographs most of Auckland's representative sports teams including rugby, rugby league, netball, softball, boxing and cricket.’
    • ‘I'll be busy with softball and baseball all summer, but hopefully will have time to shoot some hoops with my boys as well.’
    • ‘Most girls played softball, so finding baseball pitchers was often difficult.’
    • ‘Varsity softball and baseball are able, for the first time in college history, to practice and scrimmage outdoors and under lights in preparation for spring season.’
    • ‘The history that Nava gave was that he was active physically, playing baseball, softball, slow pitch and later golf.’
    • ‘More men favor football, frisbee golf, table tennis, and golf, while more women prefer gymnastics, field hockey, and softball.’
    • ‘It was not until very recently that women participated in physical activities more strenuous than gymnastics, soccer, softball, and basketball.’
    • ‘If space allows and the club has softball or soccer fields, the club can organize a league for children.’
    • ‘The games of Little League baseball and softball are played on six continents in more than 100 countries by millions of children.’
    • ‘The network will also cover baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, wrestling, spring football and select high school football games.’
    • ‘Distance running was followed in injury frequency by gymnastics, basketball, soccer, track and field, softball, and tennis.’
    • ‘The Pattaya Softball Team would like to invite all for a Sunday afternoon game of slow pitch softball at the fields of Pattaya Sport Flying Club.’
    • ‘Action continues all weekend, culminating Sunday afternoon with the completion of athletics, along with baseball, softball and soccer.’
    • ‘Babe was an All-American basketball player for three years, and was a champion at tennis, diving, baseball and softball.’
    • ‘While she's a former athlete - she played softball, basketball and field hockey growing up - she never took jogs longer than an hour, even before her bout with melanoma.’
    • ‘I'm off to visit my best friend and see his kids play baseball and softball, respectively, so there'll be nothing new until tomorrow at least.’
    • ‘As a youngster she played all the sports, especially basketball, track and field, and softball.’
    • ‘Now we do free baseball / softball clinics with former Major Leaguers.’
    • ‘Women's softball and field hockey teams from China and Japan are scheduled to meet early in the games.’
    • ‘They teach Japanese language as well as Judo, Kendo, computer engineering, softball and baseball.’
    1. 1.1 The ball used in the game of softball.
      • ‘I quickly sifted through the Nerf darts, footballs, softballs, and other various items in the barrels until I'd found a few things that might be useful.’
      • ‘It's kind of like practicing hitting softballs at a batting cage in the outskirts of some small town when Hank Aaron shows up in the same cage and shows you how to hit the ball.’
      • ‘But strong, limber forearms allow you to lift greater amounts of weight as well as hit a softball or golf ball farther.’
      • ‘Huge hailstones, some the size of softballs, and driven by squally winds, struck the city and suburbs, particularly in the east.’
      • ‘These people have access to 79-cent fresh lemons the size of softballs in February, something kings couldn't have 226 years ago.’
      • ‘I thought about a lot more in that minute, too - freezing my tail off at barn-like arenas across Ontario, lobbing softballs towards home plate during practice, seeing her first goal tickle the twine on the soccer pitch.’
      • ‘Rolling a ball at pins, throwing a discus or a softball, or spiking a volleyball incorporates the component of power.’
      • ‘Keep your chin raised, as though you're holding a softball under it.’
      • ‘I'd been hit in the head repeatedly with many different types; soccer, basketball, kickball, softball, and baseball.’
      • ‘‘Ironically, the extra weight helped me perform better when I pitched the softball or kicked the soccer ball,’ Gretchen says.’
      • ‘So we grabbed an apple that was approximately the size of a softball, and decided to play Apple.’
      • ‘Ross lobbed a few softballs, because the audience expected that much at least, but expressly so that Tom could bat them away.’
      • ‘Each girl produces a black cloth ball, about the size of a large softball, which she has sewn.’
      • ‘He grabbed a small spiked ball no bigger than a softball and attached it to the end of the chain.’
      • ‘The pitcher has to focus on his wrist movement and finger placement to keep the softball from cutting, techniques he hopes to carry into games.’
      • ‘I haven't seen that many softballs since I went to summer camp as a kid.’
      • ‘The superproduce includes tomatoes as big as softballs and volleyball-size eggplants.’
      • ‘The wooden balls grasped by huge bronze talons are the size of softballs.’
      • ‘We started on slow-pitch softballs, mashing them around to build our confidence.’
      • ‘Well, how about we come back here on Sunday and start practicing with softballs again?’