third base

noun Baseball.
the third in counterclockwise order of the bases from home plate.
the playing position of the fielder covering the area of the infield near this base.

1835–45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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third base

1. the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball; "he was cut down on a close play at third" 
2. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate); "he is playing third" 
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Example sentences
Ripken, now playing third base, will be remembered for his exemplary dedication
  to the game and to his team.
He gave up a single, then limped on his way to back up third base.
A-Rod will move from shortstop to third base in the upcoming season.
He can play first base, third base, and the corner outfield positions.
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