Definition of Breaking ball

1. Noun. A pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter.

Exact synonyms: Bender, Curve, Curve Ball
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Pitch
Derivative terms: Bend

Definition of Breaking ball

1. Noun. (baseball) A curveball. ¹

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Literary usage of Breaking ball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Edison Monthly by New York Edison Company (1917)
"The breaking ball, which ranges anywhere from five thousand pounds to six tons in weight, depending upon the work to be done, is brought forth and hooked by ..."

2. Ping-pong: (registered Trademark U.S. No. 36,854). The Game and how to Play it by Arnold Parker (1902)
"Players unused to the ball having any cut find a breaking ball most difficult to play. Of course, half-volley players argue that the ball is returned much ..."

3. Talks with Old English Cricketers by Alfred William Pullin (1900)
"... but I was disgusted with a certain great batsman's dodges, running out to a breaking ball, and deliberately covering his wickets with his pads. ..."

4. National Kindergarten Manual: Containing Practical Model Lessons Mrs. Louise Pollock by Mrs. Louise Pollock (1888)
"... loving obedience musical plays heels together supper now clay modeling little blocks little wave said papa their cakes nearly breaking ball falls two ..."

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