dead ball

Main Entry:  dead ball
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in a number of games and sports, a ball that is out of bounds or stopped and out of play or declared to be out of play
Example:  After a dead ball, the ball becomes alive again when the pitcher stands on the pitcher's plate ready to pitch, the batter, catcher and umpire are ready, and the umpire calls or signals "Play."
Etymology:  also dead-ball, adj.
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