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definition of the word baseball

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baseball (plural baseballs)

  1. A sport common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan, in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, causing a run. The team with the most runs after nine or more innings wins.
    • 1744, John Newbery, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book
      THE Ball once struck off,
      Away flies the Boy
      To the next destin'd Post,
      And then Home with Joy,
      Thus Seamen; for Lucre
      Fly over the Main,
      But, with Pleasure transported
      Return back again.
    • 1755, William Bray, Diary of William Bray
      "Easter Monday 31 March 1755
      "Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale's to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8."
    • 1797-1798, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
      It was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books.
  2. The ball used to play the sport of baseball.
  3. A variant of poker in which cards with baseball-related values have special significance.

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