Definition of Fastball

1. Noun. (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity. "He showed batters nothing but smoke"

Exact synonyms: Bullet, Heater, Hummer, Smoke
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Pitch
Specialized synonyms: Slider
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

Definition of Fastball

1. Noun. (baseball) Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers ¹

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Definition of Fastball

1. a type of pitch in baseball [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fastball

fast neutrons
fast one
fast pyrolysis
fast ray
fast reactor
fast rope
fast time scale
fast track
fast tracked
fast tracking
fast tracks
fast yellow AB
fastball (current term)
fastball count
fastbreeder reactor
fasten on

Literary usage of Fastball

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

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"... fastball to feel the description apt. Awesome has been part of the standard hyperbole of sports broadcasting and writing for several years. ..."

2. Chronicles of Erasmus Hall by Willis Boughton, Eugene Wendell Harter (1906)
"1905—MATHEW BLACK. fastball Captains; 1901—BE.\J. NICHOLS. 1902—EUGENE VAN LOAN. 1903—JOHN W. GALLAGHER. 1904—CLARENCE GREEN. ..."

3. A Word a Day Intermediate by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Stephanie Wright, Sarita Chavez Silverman, Evan-Moor Corporation (2002)
"brawl noun a loud fight germinate verb to begin to grow synonym: to sprout lit When the pitcher accidentally hit the batter with a fastball, a brawl broke ..."

4. Cats in a Chowder by Fred J. Schneider (2006)
"The horrific image of Ukrainian baseball hit me like a Jack Hamilton fastball. "And so," he continued, poking at the fire with a stick, "I come to America ..."

5. Building Fluency, Grade 3 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Compilation, Gerald Tindal, Melanie Coon, Joy Evans, Marilyn Evans (2006)
"What's the Call? The splashy pitcher pitched a splendid split-finger fastball that splattered at home plate. ..."

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