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.

Primary Meanings of bunt

1.
nv
(baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance
2.
n
fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores
Full Definitions of bunt
1

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

Type of:
hit, hitting, striking
the act of contacting one thing with another

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

Synonyms:
drag a bunt
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v to strike, thrust or shove against

Synonyms:
butt
Types:
headbutt
butt with the head
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
2

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

Synonyms:
Tilletia caries
Type of:
smut, smut fungus
any fungus of the order Ustilaginales

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

Synonyms:
stinking smut
Type of:
smut
destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores

n similar to Tilletia caries

Synonyms:
Tilletia foetida, stinking smut
Type of:
smut, smut fungus
any fungus of the order Ustilaginales

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