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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Democratic columnist Mark Shields offers the same description but with crepe bunting.
▪ First pitch of the split-squad game with the Giants: a Marvin Benard bunt that Brosius charged hard.
▪ Hotels were draped with patriotic bunting.
▪ I hear one brief song of the indigo bunting. 3: 07-3: 12 PMIt is overcast.
▪ In a month the indigo bunting will sing and build its nest in the brambles.
▪ Saw an indigo bunting the other day.
▪ This is like sending Barry Bonds to the plate with the game on the line and having him bunt.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bunt \Bunt\ (b[u^]nt), n. (Bot.) A fungus ( Ustilago f[oe]tida) which affects the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a fetid dust; -- also called pepperbrand.


Bunt \Bunt\, n. [Cf. Sw. bunt bundle, Dan. bundt, G. bund, E. bundle.] (Naut.) The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard.


Bunt \Bunt\, n. A push or shove; a butt; specif. (Baseball), the act of bunting the ball.


Bunt \Bunt\, v. i. (Naut.) To swell out; as, the sail bunts.


Bunt \Bunt\, v. t. & i.

  1. To strike or push with the horns or head; to butt; as, the ram bunted the boy.

  2. (Baseball) To bat or tap (the ball) slowly within the infield by meeting it with the bat without swinging at it.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (v.) with a goat in mind, or a survival from Middle English bounten "to return." As a baseball term from 1889. Related: Bunted; bunting.


1767, "a push;" see bunt (v.). Baseball sense is from 1889.


n. 1 (context nautical English) The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard. 2 A push or shove; a butt. 3 (context baseball softball English) A ball that has been intentionally hit softly so as to be difficult to field, sometimes with a hands-spread batting stance or with a close-hand, choked-up hand position. No swinging action is involved. 4 (context baseball softball English) The act of bunting 5 (context aviation English) The second half of an outside loop, from level flight to inverted flight. 6 A fungus (''Ustilago foetida'') affecting the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a foetid dust; pepperbrand. vb. 1 (context transitive baseball English) to intentionally hit softly with a hands-spread batting stance 2 (context intransitive baseball English) to intentionally hit a ball softly with a hands-spread batting stance 3 (context intransitive aviation English) to perform (the second half of) an outside loop. 4 (context intransitive nautical English) To swell out. 5 (context rare of a cat English) To headbutt affectionately.

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

  2. disease of wheat characterized by replacement of the grains with greasy masses of smelly smut spores [syn: stinking smut]

  3. similar to Tilletia caries [syn: stinking smut, Tilletia foetida]

  4. fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores [syn: Tilletia caries]

  5. v. hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance [syn: drag a bunt]

  6. to strike, thrust or shove against, often with head or horns; "He butted his sister out of the way" [syn: butt]

Bunt (baseball)

A bunt is a special type of offensive technique in baseball or fastpitch softball. In a bunt play, the batter loosely holds the bat in front of the plate and intentionally taps the ball into play.

Bunt (community)

Bunt (, previously spelled Bant and also known as Nadava) is a community from Karnataka, India. They are traditionally found in the coastal and Kodagu districts of Karnataka. The Bunts are described as being the landed gentry and military class of the cultural region known as Tulu Nadu. Bunts traditionally follow the Hindu religion. They are noted for following a matrilineal system of inheritance called Aliya Santana.

Bunt (caste)

Bunt may refer to:

  • Bunt (community), a community from Karnataka, India
  • Bunt (baseball), an offensive technique in baseball
  • Bunt (sail), a part of a ship's sail
  • Bunt Island, island in Antarctica
  • The Bunt, nickname of the Buntingford Branch Line railway line in Hertfordshire, England
  • Bunt, an aerobatic maneuver also known as an outside loop
  • Bunt, a fungal disease of grasses, such as karnal bunt, common bunt and dwarf bunt
Bunt (sail)

The bunt of a sail is the middle part of it, which is purposely formed into a kind of curved bag, or cavity, so that the sail might receive more wind. It is chiefly used in topsails, for courses are for the most part cut square, or at least with a small allowance, for bunt or compass.

Sailors would say, "the bunt holds much leeward wind", meaning that the bunt hangs too much to leeward.

The buntlines are small lines fastened to the bottom of the sails, in the middle part of the bolt rope, to the cringle; and so are passed through a small block, seized to the yard. Their use is to trice up the bunt of the sail, to better furl it up.

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Usage examples of "bunt".

This air is enhanced by the presence of five aspidistras, placed in a row on the top of the bunting, which has been stretched across the top, over the opening and the turned-back lid, tightly fixed to the edges with drawing pins, and allowed to fall in artistic festoons down the sides and in a sort of valance-like effect across the front.

When the chauffeur had gone, Georgie re-pinned the bunting over the open top of the piano, replaced the aspidistras and decamped.

It was a funny, rather smelly little place, and she hurried as much as she could, the more so that the foreigner who served her insisted on telling her some of the strange, peculiar details of this Avenger murder which had taken place forty-eight hours before, and in which Bunting took such a morbid interest.

When Bunting began to ask Joe Chandler about the last of those awful Avenger murders, she even listened with a certain languid interest to all he had to say.

Bunting always visioned The Avenger as a black shadow in the centre a bright blinding light--but the shadow had no form or definite substance.

Bunting now remembered, had given a most circumstantial account of what The Avenger looked like, for he, it was supposed, had actually brushed by her as he passed.

Bunting thought he ought to have been to occupy so important a position on so important a day--gave a little history, as it were, of the terrible and mysterious Avenger crimes.

Bunting realised that this was the woman who claimed to have seen The Avenger from her bedroom window.

Bunting was now mortally afraid of this discussion concerning The Avenger and his doings, they heard Mrs.

On the first pitch, as Dreer got a fast start for second, Hollis bunted down the first-base line.

Every varsity man bunted, but in just the place where it was not expected.

Raymond, also left-handed, came next, and, letting two balls go, he bunted the third.

The Wayne team batted and bunted a few balls, and then Homans led them to the bench.

But as the watchers choked in agony of suspense Weir bunted the ball, and Reddy Ray flashed across the plate with the winning run.

One time Adam Piatt, the spare outfielder, had gone up to the plate in a tight game with a runner on first base with one out, and bunted the guy over.