bunt

1 [buhnt]
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.
a.
the act of bunting.
b.
a bunted ball.

Origin:
1760–70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin

bunter, noun
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bunt

2 [buhnt]
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

bunt

3 [buhnt]
noun Plant Pathology.
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

bunted, adjective
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bunt1 (bʌnt)
 
vb
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
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of bunting
 
[C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt³]

bunt2 (bʌnt)
 
n
nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
 
[C16: perhaps from Middle Low German buntbundle]

bunt3 (bʌnt)
 
n
a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

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bunt
1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (as a goat), or from M.E. bounten "to return." Baseball term is from 1889, noun and verb.
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Example sentences
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.
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