bunt




To bunt is to hit a baseball in a deliberately light way, without swinging. Some players bunt so that another runner can get from second to third base.

The bunt is a rarely-used technique in baseball. When a batter bunts, the ball doesn’t travel far — there’s basically no chance that a bunt will result in a home run, for example. It forces the fielders to run forward, which can sometimes be an advantage for the team that’s at bat. The earliest meaning of bunt, “to strike with the head or horns” is probably an early variation on butt, with the baseball meaning arising in the 19th century.

Definitions of bunt
  1. noun

    (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat

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    type of:

    hit, hitting, striking

    the act of contacting one thing with another

  2. verb

    hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance

    synonyms:
    drag a bunt
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    type of:

    hit

    cause to move by striking

  3. verb

    to strike, thrust or shove against

    synonyms:
    butt
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    types:

    headbutt

    butt with the head
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    strike

    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

  4. noun

    fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores

    synonyms:
    Tilletia caries
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    type of:

    smut, smut fungus

    any fungus of the order Ustilaginales

  5. noun

    disease of wheat characterized by replacement of the grains with greasy masses of smelly smut spores

    synonyms:
    stinking smut
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    type of:

    smut

    destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores

  6. noun

    similar to Tilletia caries

    synonyms:
    Tilletia foetida, stinking smut
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    type of:

    smut, smut fungus

    any fungus of the order Ustilaginales

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