What does softball mean?

Definitions for softball
ˈsɔftˌbɔl, ˈsɒft-soft·ball

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. softball, playground ballnoun

    ball used in playing softball

  2. softball, softball gamenoun

    a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer


  1. softballnoun

    A game similar to baseball but played with a larger and softer ball which can be thrown overhand or underhand.

  2. softballnoun

    A question designed to be easy to answer.

  3. softballnoun

    The ball used to play the sport.


  1. Softball

    Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. It was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softbund ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' baseball. The name softball was given to the game in 1926. A tournament at the Chicago World's Fair spurred interest in the game. The Amateur Softball Association of America governs the game in the United States and sponsors annual sectional and World Series championships. The International Softball Federation regulates rules of play in more than 110 countries, including the United States and Canada. Women's fast-pitch softball became an Olympic sport in 1996, but it was dropped in 2005 from the 2012 games. Despite the name, the ball used is not soft. It is about 12 in. in circumference, which is 3 in. larger than a baseball. The infield in softball is smaller than in baseball; each base is 60 ft from the next, as opposed to baseball's 90 ft.. There are two types of softball: in the most common, slow-pitch softball, the ball, sometimes larger than the standard 12 in, must arch on its path to the batter, 10 players make up a team, and bunting and stealing are prohibited; in fast-pitch softball the pitch is fast, there are 9 players on the field at one time, and bunting and stealing are permitted. Softball rules vary somewhat from those of baseball. Two major differences are that the ball must be pitched underhand—from 46 ft. for men or 43 ft. for women as compared with 60.5 ft. in baseball—and that seven innings instead of nine constitute a regulation game.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of softball in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of softball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of softball in a Sentence

  1. Oregon Rev. Jeremy Lucas:

    This was right after the shootings in Baton Rouge and there was a lot of heat and energy around the issue of guns, i want to live in a world where a girls softball team doesn’t have to raffle off a gun because it’s the quickest way to make money.

  2. Ron Radigonda:

    All these young ladies grew up with softball being an Tokyo Summer Olympics sport and they started their careers with Tokyo Summer Olympics being a goal, when it got taken out of Summer Games it was heartbreaking to every single one of them.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    As to asking China to look into Joe Biden -- that was stupid. Nobody believes that China would be fair to Joe Biden, Donald Trump, me or you, or anybody. Bad idea, that didn't last very long. I think Read MoreWhen's a frustrated Trump who feels like there's two different games, that people in your business are never gon na really sit down and talk to Hunter Biden unless it's a softball interview.

  4. Mick Starcevich:

    I would say this was really softball. But you have got to have that, this was so far from a rally (and) that is why I really value it, for what she was trying to accomplish.

  5. Erin Moran:

    We had a wonderful softball team because all the boys were very good athletes, ron Howard played right field. Scott Baio was a wonderful first base. Garry Marshall, he loved softball and played first base on a lot of the games. And I had a uniform with my own mitt with my name on it and my own bat! And we played so much softball. It kept the cast together. I don’t know if we would have survived if we didn’t have that softball team.

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