Definition of Fly ball

1. Noun. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air.

Exact synonyms: Fly
Generic synonyms: Hit, Hitting, Striking
Specialized synonyms: Blast, Pop Fly, Pop-fly, Pop-up, Line Drive, Liner, Flare, Texas Leaguer
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Derivative terms: Fly

Definition of Fly ball

1. Noun. (baseball softball) A batted ball that has been hit into the air above the outfield; a fly. ¹

2. Noun. (slang) A geek; beatnik. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly Ball

fly agaric
fly ash
fly ball (current term)
fly biscuit
fly blind
fly blister
fly box
fly boxes
fly bridge
fly by
fly by the seat of one's pants
fly casting
fly contact
fly fishing
fly front
fly high

Literary usage of Fly ball

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

1. Elements of Heat-power Engineering by Clarence Floyd Hirshfeld, William Nichols Barnard (1915)
"Spring-balanced Fly-ball Governor. In the fly-ball governors so far discussed the moments of the centrifugal forces acting on the balls were balanced by the ..."

2. The Mechanical Engineering of Power Plants by Frederick Remsen Hutton (1897)
"Defects of the Fly-ball Governor.—The fly-ball governor as thus constructed is a satisfactory device to prevent racing, but it is not isochronous unless ..."

3. Basket Ball and Indoor Baseball for Women by Helen Frost, Charles Digby Wardlaw (1920)
"She may call "fly ball," and give instruction as to the correct form of catching high balls. Grounder, bounding ball, underhand throw, side- arm follow, ..."

4. A Manual of the Steam-engine: For Engineers and Technical Schools; Advanced by Robert Henry Thurston (1891)
"... or fly-ball governor, as it is variously termed, is the oldest of the engine-governors. It was invented by Huy- ghens about the middle of the ..."

5. An Elementary Treatise on the Mechanics of Machinery: With Special Reference by Joseph Nisbet Le Conte (1902)
"A. THE FLY-BALL GOVERNOR The oldest form of governor is the fly-ball, invented by Huygens, and used first on the steam-engine by James Watt. ..."

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