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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 game similar to baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. Softball is played competitively at club levels, the college level, and the professional level. The game was first created in 1887 in Chicago by George Hancock. There are two rule sets for softball generally: slow pitch softball and fastpitch. Slow pitch softball is commonly played recreationally, while women's fastpitch softball is a Summer Olympic sport and is played professionally. Depending on the variety being played and the age and gender of the players, the particulars of the field and equipment vary. While distances between bases of 60 feet are standard across varieties, the pitcher's plate ranges from 35 to 43 feet away from home plate, and the home run fence can be 220 to 300 feet away from home plate. The ball itself is typically 11 or 12 inches (28 or 30 centimetres) in circumference, also depending on specifics of the competition. Softball rules vary somewhat from those of baseball. The game moves at a faster pace than traditional baseball due to the field being smaller and the bases and the fielders being closer to home plate. Softball is pitched underhand from flat ground, with fastpitch using a windmill arm motion, while baseball is pitched overhand from a small hill called a mound, which changes the flight of the pitch. Additionally, the entire infield of a softball diamond is dirt, without grass around the pitcher's plate.


  1. softball

    Softball is a team sport, similar to baseball, in which a larger ball is pitched underhand from a closer distance to the batter. It is played between two teams with nine players each who take turns pitching, fielding, and batting. The objective of the game is to score more runs than the opponent by hitting the ball into the field and running around the four bases.


  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. Todd McLemoretold:

    Apparently, some spectators were very vocal towards the umpire calls in favor of Blue Ridge and it just got louder and louder. kingsport TN MMA, wait a minute I mean softball.

  2. Bryson DeChambeau:

    Him going out and trying to incite crowds and not having him man up and talk to me about it. Like, you know, it's just kind of softball on me, i guess you could say he's trying to go through and use social media as a platform to, to mess with me and no, we're going to settle on Wynn Golf Course.

  3. 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.

  4. Monica Abbott:

    It's kind of sad that there can't be any spectators, especially no foreign spectators, this is an event that doesn't happen all the time, so it's disappointing not to have people in the stands — but also not having Japanese fans when Japan is such a softball-loving country.

  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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