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

  • n. Baseball The first of the bases in the infield, counterclockwise from home plate.
  • n. Baseball The fielding position occupied by the first baseman.
  • n. Slang The first stage or step toward completion or success: "He never got to first base with any of his big wheels and deals” ( Ross Macdonald).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The base after home plate in a counter-clockwise path around a baseball infield.
  • n. Completion of the first phase of an activity.
  • n. Kissing.

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

  • n. the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
  • n. the initial stage in accomplishing something
  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)


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  • In 1946, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in the seventh game when Enos “Country” Slaughter scored the ninth-inning, go-ahead run all the way from first base on a single to left field.

    One Season

  • It was an unforgettable experience dining in the Legends Suite Club, a moment made even greater when I watched the game from my fourth-row seat down the right-field line, just past the first base dugout.

    One Season

  • Whether he was flipping balls to first base or turning double plays with ease, silky-smooth second baseman Robinson Cano fielded so effortlessly that many times it seemed unfair, and in the words of many pundits, nonchalant.

    One Season

  • RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS: When base runners occupy both first base and third base, a team is said to have runners on the corners.


  • At first, Chris Chambliss crept toward the plate; Remy was especially skilled at dragging bunts down the first base line.

    The Greatest Game

  • Taking me to a premium, all-inclusive lounge area along the first base line complete with private restrooms, high-definition television monitors and grab-and-go dining foods, The Ketel One Lounge became home number one.

    One Season

  • Everyone, that is, except first base umpire Jim Joyce; who saw the sinking liner hit just outside the white chalk and emphatically waved the “foul ball” signal.

    One Season

  • Alex Rodriguez, all season long the source of Red Sox frustration, hit an innocent looking tapper between the mound and first base line.

    One Season

  • No longer; first base is today deep kissing, also known as tonsil hockey.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • And who can forget Marvelous Marv Throneberry, who achieved cultural hero status in New York while playing first base like a clown.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults


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