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first base

n.
1. Baseball
a. The first of the bases in the infield, counterclockwise from home plate.
b. The fielding position occupied by the first baseman.
2. Slang The first stage or step toward completion or success: "never got to first base with any of his ... deals" (Ross Macdonald).

first base

n
1. (Baseball) baseball
a. the base that a runner must reach safely to score a hit, and the first of the three bases he must reach safely on the way to home plate in order to score a run
b. the fielding position nearest this base
2. get to first base informal chiefly US and Canadian to accomplish the first step of an undertaking

first′ base′


n.
Baseball.
a. the first in counterclockwise order of the bases from home plate.
b. the position of the player covering the area of the infield near first base.
Idioms:
get to first base, to succeed in the initial phase of a plan or undertaking.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.first base - the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseballfirst base - the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
bag, base - a place that the runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag"
2.first base - the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
baseball team - a team that plays baseball
3.first base - the initial stage in accomplishing something; "we didn't get to first base with that approach"
first step, opening move, initiative, opening - the first of a series of actions
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
Upon the baseball field Joe Welling stood by first base, his whole body quivering with excitement.
Instead of touching the inside of first base, the pitcher stepped on the outside of the bag and Rivera stepped on his leg.
Any mishandling of the baseball, or slowness in footwork, or off-line throw into the dirt by the infielders will enable the runner to make it safely to first base.
a fielder throws the ball to a player touching either first base or home plate before the batter gets there.
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That means that the infielder will have to field the ball and throw to first base in less than 4.
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2) Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal tags out Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson at second after Wilson was picked off first base in the first inning.
If, for example, a subsequent throw to third gets away from the third baseman, it would be much easier for him to advance to second if he has drifted into fair territory after crossing first base.
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The Dodgers moved second baseman Jeff Kent to first base in place of Garciaparra, and started Julio Lugo at second base.
A right-hand hitter who stands a good distance away from the plate can start the bunting technique simply by taking a short step with his front (left) foot toward first base as the ball is approaching the plate.