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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"baseball player's turn at the plate," 1912, originally a column heading in statistics tables.


n. 1 (context baseball English) An opportunity to hit. 2 (context baseball English) official at-bats. Batting opportunities minus walks, hit by pitches, and sacrifices


n. (baseball) a turn batting; "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got 4 hits in 4 at-bats" [syn: bat]

Usage examples of "at-bat".

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