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a. A game played with a bat and ball by two opposing teams of nine players, each team playing alternately in the field and at bat, the players at bat having to run a course of four bases laid out in a diamond pattern in order to score.
b. The ball that is used in this game.
2. A game of darts in which the players attempt to score points by throwing the darts at a target laid out in the form of a baseball diamond.
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1. (Baseball) a team game with nine players on each side, played on a field with four bases connected to form a diamond. The object is to score runs by batting the ball and running round the bases
2. (Baseball) the hard rawhide-covered ball used in this game
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1. a game involving the batting of a hard ball, played by two teams usu. of nine players each on a large field with a diamond-shaped circuit defined by four bases, to which batters run and advance to score runs.
2. the ball used in this game.
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See Also: SPORTS

  1. The ball … came floating up to the plate like a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream bobbing to the top of a drugstore soda —Howard Frank Mosher
  2. A ballpark at night is more like a church than a church —W. P. Kinsella

    Kinsella’s novels are small treasure troves of baseball-related similes.

  3. The ball … sailed through the light and up into the dark, like a white star seeking an old constellation —Bernard Malamud
  4. The ball was coming in like a Lear jet —T. Glen Coughlin
  5. Baseball games are like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two are ever alike —W. P. Kinsella
  6. Baseball is like writing. You can never tell with either how it will go —Marianne Moore

    Baseball, like writing, was a Marianne Moore passion.

  7. Boston hit Dwight Gooden like they were his wicked stepparents —Vin Scully, commenting on the second game of the 1986 World Series
  8. The catcher is padded like an armchair —London Times, 1918
  9. Defeat stains a pitcher’s record as cabernet stains a white carpet —Marty Noble, Newsday, August 25, 1986
  10. The dirt flew as if some great storm had descended and would have ripped up the entire [baseball] field —Craig Wolff, New York Times, August 3, 1986
  11. Dwight Gooden [of New York Mets] pitching without his fastball was like Nureyev dancing on a broken leg or Pavarotti singing with a sore throat —Anon item, Newsday, October 25, 1986
  12. The earth around the base is … soft as piecrust. Ground balls will die on the second bounce, as if they’ve been hit into an anthill —W. P. Kinsella
  13. [Baseball] field … cool as a mine, soft as moss, lying there like a cashmere blanket —W. P. Kinsella
  14. He bats like a lightning rod —W. P. Kinsella
  15. He gets power from his bat speed … it’s like he has cork in his arms —Pete Rose about Eric Davis, David Anderson column New York Times, May 7, 1987
  16. He ran the bases as if he was hauling William H. Taft in a rickshaw —Heywood Broun
  17. [Dwight Gooden] his fastball crackling, his curveball dropping as suddenly as a duck shot in the air, has begun his charge for a third straight award-winning season —Ira Berkow, New York Times/Sports of the Times, August 3, 1986
  18. Homers are like orgasms. You run out of them after a time —Norman Keifetz

    See Also: SEX

  19. It [the patched-up Shea Stadium field] was dangerous underfoot as the Mets and the Cubs tiptoed their way though a 5-0 Met victory the way soldiers would patrol a mine field —George Vecsey, New York Times/Sports of the Times, September 19, 1986

    The ball players had to navigate their way through the field like soldiers because their fans had behaved so destructively the day before.

  20. Knowing all about baseball is just about as profitable as being a good whittler —Frank McKinney
  21. Outfielders ran together as if directed by poltergeists —George Vecsey, New York Times/Sports of the Times column on dreadful things that happen to the Mets when they play against the Houston outfielders, October 8, 1986
  22. Someone once described the pitching of a no-hit game as like catching lightning in a bottle (How about catching lightning in a bottle on two consecutive starts?) —W. P. Kinsella
  23. Sometimes I hit him like I used to hit Koufax, and that’s like drinking coffee with a fork. Did you ever try that? —Willie Stargell on Steve Carlton, Baseball Illustrated, 1975
  24. Stepping up to the plate now like the Iron Man himself. The wind-up, the delivery, the ball hanging there like a pinata, like a birthday gift, and then the stick flashes in your hands like an archangel’s sword —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  25. To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim —John Cheever
  26. Trying to sneak a pitch past him is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster —Amos Otis, baseball outfielder, about Rod Carew, former first baseman
  27. Twenty years ago rooting for the Yankees was like rooting for IBM —George F. Will, on the Chicago Cubs, Washington Post, March 20, 1974
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine playersbaseball - 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!"
hit - (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball); "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
bobble - the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball; "the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"
misplay, error - (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
fumble, muff - (sports) dropping the ball
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
fastball, heater, hummer, bullet, smoke - (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity; "he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
fielding - (baseball) handling the ball while playing in the field
catching - (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team
pitching - (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
base on balls, pass, walk - (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
fair ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
foul ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
bunt - (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
fly ball, fly - (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
blast - a very long fly ball
pop fly, pop-fly, pop-up - a short high fly ball
ground ball, groundball, grounder, hopper - (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
out - (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball; "you only get 3 outs per inning"
force out, force play, force-out, force - a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base; "the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
putout - an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout); "the first baseman made 15 putouts"
strikeout - an out resulting from the batter getting three strikes
sacrifice - (baseball) an out that advances the base runners
base hit, safety - (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
line drive, liner - (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter; "the batter hit a liner to the shortstop"
plunker, plunk - (baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
shoestring catch - (baseball) a running catch made near the ground
tag - (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)
flare - (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
Texas leaguer - (baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder
at-bat, bat - (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit; "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got four hits in four at-bats"
ball game, ballgame - a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)
ball - the game of baseball
professional baseball - playing baseball for money
hardball - baseball as distinguished from softball
perfect game - a game in which a pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base
no-hit game, no-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team no hits
1-hitter, one-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
2-hitter, two-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
3-hitter, three-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
4-hitter, four-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
5-hitter, five-hitter - a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
softball game, softball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
rounders - an English ball game similar to baseball
stickball, stickball game - a form of baseball played in the streets with a rubber ball and broomstick handle
assist - (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play
baseball play - (baseball) a play executed by a baseball team - a ball used in playing baseballbaseball - a ball used in playing baseball  
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"
baseball equipment - equipment used in playing baseball
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بيسبوللُعْبَة البيسبول القاعِدَه
bóng chày


A. N (= sport) → béisbol m; (= ball) → pelota f de béisbol
B. CPD baseball cap Ngorra f de béisbol
baseball player Njugador(a) m/f de béisbol
El baseball es el deporte nacional norteamericano. Dos equipos de nueve jugadores se enfrentan en un campo de cuatro bases que forman un rombo. El bateador (batter) intenta dar a la pelota que le ha tirado el lanzador (pitcher) y enviarla fuera del alcance de los fildeadores (fielders) para después correr alrededor del rombo de base en base y volver a su punto inicial. Existen dos ligas importantes en los Estados Unidos: la National League y la American League. Los equipos ganadores de estas dos ligas juegan después otra serie de partidos que se denominan World Series.
Algunos aspectos de este deporte, tales como la camaradería y el espíritu de competición tanto entre equipos como entre miembros de un mismo equipo se usan a menudo en el cine como metáforas del modo de vida americano. Culturalmente el béisbol ha aportado, además de conocidas prendas de vestir como las botas o las gorras de béisbol, ciertas expresiones idiomáticas como a ballpark figure (una cifra aproximada) o a whole new ball game (una situación completamente distinta).
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[ˈbeɪsbɔːl] n (= game) → base-ball mbaseball cap ncasquette f de baseballbaseball mitt ngant m de baseball
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nBaseball m or nt
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[ˈbeɪsˌbɔːl] nbaseball m
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(ˈbeisboːl) noun
an American game played with bat and ball.
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بيسبول baseball baseball Baseball μπέιζμπολ béisbol baseball-peli baseball bejzbol baseball 野球 야구 honkbal baseball baseball basebol, beisebol бейсбол baseboll กีฬาเบสบอล beyzbol bóng chày 棒球
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n beisbol m
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References in classic literature ?
"Something about inside baseball, or a new submarine that can be converted into an airship on short notice?"
His mother died, he came to live at the New Willard House, he became involved in a love affair, and he organized the Winesburg Baseball Club.
Morland was a very good woman, and wished to see her children everything they ought to be; but her time was so much occupied in lying-in and teaching the little ones, that her elder daughters were inevitably left to shift for themselves; and it was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, baseball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books -- or at least books of information -- for, provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.
Because his hair is brown and grows away from his temples; because he opens and shuts his eyes, and his nose is a little out of drawing; because he has two lips and a square chin, and a little finger which he can't straighten from having played baseball too energetically in his youth.
This experiment was baseball. In order to give the thing vogue from the start, and place it out of the reach of criticism, I chose my nines by rank, not capacity.
In one place they played football, in another baseball. Some played tennis, some golf; some were swimming in a big pool.
Will and Geordie brought their puppies to beguile the weary hours, and the three elder lads called to discuss baseball, cricket, and kindred subjects, eminently fitted to remind the invalid of his privations.
What with boxing, football, and baseball, I had been in training since childhood.
He was great at baseball. I knew him when we was kids.
The odd-job man, who was a baseball enthusiast, was speaking in terms of high praise of Eustace's combined speed and control.
In Christian countries, the day after the baseball game.
One evening after dining at Schulenberg's 40-cent, five- course table d'hote (served as fast as you throw the five baseballs at the coloured gentleman's head) Sarah took away with her the bill of fare.