Definition of softball in English:

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softball

Pronunciation: /ˈsɒf(t)bɔːl/

noun

[mass noun]
1A modified form of baseball played on a smaller field with a larger, softer ball, seven rather than nine innings, and underarm pitching. The game evolved in the US during the late 19th century from a form of indoor baseball.
Example sentences
  • The network will also cover baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, wrestling, spring football and select high school football games.
  • The games of Little League baseball and softball are played on six continents in more than 100 countries by millions of children.
  • Action continues all weekend, culminating Sunday afternoon with the completion of athletics, along with baseball, softball and soccer.
1.1 [count noun] A ball used in softball.
Example sentences
  • We started on slow-pitch softballs, mashing them around to build our confidence.
  • 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.
  • The wooden balls grasped by huge bronze talons are the size of softballs.

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