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bunt1

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
(of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
2.
Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
verb (used without object)
3.
to push (something) with the horns or head.
4.
Baseball. to bunt a ball.
noun
5.
a push with the head or horns; butt.
6.
Baseball.
  1. the act of bunting.
  2. a bunted ball.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin
Related forms
bunter, noun

bunt2

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
noun
1.
Nautical. the middle part of a square sail.
2.
the bagging part of a fishing net or bagging middle area of various cloth objects.
Origin
1575-85; origin uncertain

bunt3

[buhnt] /bʌnt/
noun, Plant Pathology
1.
a smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black, foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia.
Also called stinking smut.
Origin
1595-1605; earlier, puffball; of uncertain origin
Related forms
bunted, adjective
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Examples from the web for bunt
  • When the yard-arms were furled, the bunt was all adrift again, which made more work for us.
  • They win their last game of the season on a bunt that ends up being an inside-the-park home run.
  • Arrange sliced lemons evenly around the bottom of the bunt pan.
  • If the manager demanded a bunt when the team's leading home-run hitter was at bat, too bad.
  • She is a bunt-slap specialist and can slap for power.
  • bunt fungi infecting these cereal crops can hinder their export to other countries.
  • Strength is needed at that point, as the maximum strain occurs there when drying the bunt prior to brailing.
  • Diseases were light, but a good infection was obtained in the artificially inoculated nursery for dwarf bunt.
  • Seed treatment against common bunt is required before seeding.
British Dictionary definitions for bunt

bunt1

/bʌnt/
verb
1.
(of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
2.
to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
3.
(US & Canadian) (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
noun
4.
the act or an instance of bunting
Word Origin
C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt³

bunt2

/bʌnt/
noun
1.
(nautical) the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle Low German buntbundle

bunt3

/bʌnt/
noun
1.
a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bunt
v.

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.

n.

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

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