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

  • n. Baseball A batted ball that touches the ground outside of fair territory.

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  • n. A batted ball that lands in foul territory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a ball that first strikes the ground outside of the foul ball lines, or rolls outside of certain limits.

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

  • n. (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field


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  • The Dodger righthander was spared ejection, which was not the case with California Angels manager Doug Rader after what he was certain was a foul ball was called fair, resulting in a home run for the Frank Robinson-managed Orioles and a loss for his club.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • In the top of the fourth Roger hit a long foul ball against Dick Hall and then struck out on a breaking pitch in the dirt.


  • His foul ball hit umpire Don Denkinger in the face mask.

    The Greatest Game

  • After lining a hard foul ball down the right-field line, he stepped out the batter’s box and looked right at me.

    One Season

  • FOUL TICK: foul ball that barely touches the hitter’s bat.


  • While catching in spring training in 1974, he was hit in the groin by a foul ball from Met Joe Torre, and for two months afterward suffered nauseau and cramps.

    The Greatest Game


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