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

  • n. Baseball A batted ball hit sharply so that it flies low and fast, usually in a straight line.

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  • n. A batted ball hit hard enough and low enough that it appears to travel in a relatively straight line.

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

  • n. (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter


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  • In the spring I turned out for baseball, but on the first day I forgot to wear a cup and a line drive short hopped me in the nutsack and I had to go to emergency, where the doctor told my mom I had a twisted testicle and would have to take the baseball season off, or at least until my right nut reacquired its flesh color.

    Land of the Blind

  • The line drive stayed fair by two feet, landing just above the 318-foot mark in left field.

    One Season

  • Initially, the line drive appeared headed to right field, over the head of second baseman Bobby Richardson.

    One Season

  • The next batter, Minnie Minoso, hit a sinking line drive to right field.


  • But the pitch lacked the velocity Guidry needed to blow it by Rice, who swung and connected late, but by sheer strength seemed topush a low line drive into center field.

    The Greatest Game

  • Velez hit a line drive single to right, and as Piniella came rounding third, Dwight Evans fired the ball in to Fisk.

    The Greatest Game

  • Kazmir would only last four more pitches; a line drive single by Mark Teixeira ended his night.

    One Season

  • Then, in Game Six of the 1975 World Series, Fred Lynn almost knocked himself unconscious chasing a Ken Griffey line drive into the center field wall, and Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey turned to scouting director Haywood Sullivan and said, “Those walls must be padded by next season.”

    The Greatest Game

  • Like snaring a line drive barehanded in the infield.

    Bad Luck and Trouble


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