from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball An area where relief pitchers warm up during a game.
  • n. Baseball The relief pitchers of a team considered as a group.
  • n. A temporary holding area for prisoners, as in a courthouse.
  • n. An open area in an office with workspace for a number of employees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosed area used to hold bulls.
  • n. An enclosed area for pitchers to warm up in during a game.
  • n. The relief pitchers of a team collectively.
  • n. A figurative place for someone or something to get ready
  • n. An open seating arrangement where project teams can communicate openly with minimal effort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an open area in a baseball stadium, off the playing field, where pitchers may warm up by throwing a number of trial pitches before playing.
  • n. the relief pitchers on a baseball team. Contrasted with starters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
  • n. a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game


Earlier, stockade, exercise area for prisoners.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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