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.

Definitions of bunt
  1. noun
    (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
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    type of:
    hit, hitting, striking
    the act of contacting one thing with another
  2. verb
    hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance
    synonyms: drag a bunt
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
  3. verb
    to strike, thrust or shove against
    synonyms: butt
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    types:
    headbutt
    butt with the head
    type of:
    strike
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  4. noun
    fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores
    synonyms: Tilletia caries
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    type of:
    smut, smut fungus
    any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
  5. noun
    disease of wheat characterized by replacement of the grains with greasy masses of smelly smut spores
    synonyms: stinking smut
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    type of:
    smut
    destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
  6. noun
    similar to Tilletia caries
    synonyms: Tilletia foetida, stinking smut
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    type of:
    smut, smut fungus
    any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
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