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 (sôft′bôl′, sŏft′-)
a. A variation of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a larger, softer ball that is pitched underhand.
b. The ball used in this game.
2. A question, especially one posed during an interview or public forum, that is easy to answer and does not cause embarrassment: "Softballs aside, there have been a number of times when audience members asked substantive questions" (Elisabeth Bumiller).


1. (Baseball) a variation of baseball using a larger softer ball, pitched underhand
2. (Baseball) the ball used
3. (Cookery) cookery the stage in the boiling of a sugar syrup at which it may be rubbed into balls after dipping in cold water


(ˈsɔftˌbɔl, ˈsɒft-)

1. a form of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a larger and softer ball.
2. the ball itself.
soft′ball•er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.softball - ball used in playing softballsoftball - ball used in playing softball  
ball - round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; "the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw out the first ball"; "the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
2.softball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softersoftball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
backstop, catcher - (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
first baseman, first sacker - (baseball) the person who plays first base
infielder - (baseball) a person who plays a position in the infield
outfielder - (baseball) a person who plays in the outfield
pinch hitter - (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter
hurler, pitcher, twirler - (baseball) the person who does the pitching; "our pitcher has a sore arm"
second baseman, second sacker - (baseball) the person who plays second base
third baseman, third sacker - (baseball) the person who plays third base
hardball - baseball as distinguished from softball


[ˈsɒftbɔːl] n
(= game) → softball m
(= ball) → balle f de softballsoft-boiled egg nœuf m à la coquesoft centre n (British)chocolat m fourrésoft-centred [ˌsɒftˈsɛntərd] adj (British) [chocolate, boiled sweet] → fourré(e)soft cheese nfromage m à pâte mollesoft contact lens nlentille f de contact souplesoft-core [ˌsɒftˈkɔːr] adj [pornography] → soft invsoft drink nboisson f gazeuse, soda msoft drug ndrogue f doucesoft drugs npldrogues fpl douces


[ˈsɒftˌbɔːl] n (game) → softball m inv; (ball) → palla da softball
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