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[fast-bawl, fahst-] /ˈfæstˌbɔl, ˈfɑst-/
noun, Baseball.
a pitch thrown at or near a pitcher's maximum velocity.
1910-15; fast1 + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for fastball
  • His fastball is considered to be among the best in baseball history.
  • The pitcher throws a fastball, and the batter swings and misses.
  • Imagine giving a baseball team the exclusive right to use the split-fingered fastball or the curve ball.
  • With that pitch, it's a fastball out of my hand and they have to commit.
  • He threw a fastball that sank, a slider and a screwball out of a variety of pitching motions.
  • He has enough velocity on his fastball to get left-handed hitters out, but his control is not sharp.
British Dictionary definitions for fastball


(baseball) a ball pitched at the pitcher's top speed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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