from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The field position between second and third base.
  • noun The infielder who occupies this position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A player in the game of base-ball who is stationed between second and third base; also, the position filled by that player. See base-ball. Also called short.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Baseball) The player stationed in the field bewtween the second and third bases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun baseball The infield defensive player that stands between the second baseman and the third baseman.
  • noun figuratively A nimble defender.

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

  • noun an acid bath used to stop the action of a developer
  • noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
  • noun (baseball) the person who plays the shortstop position


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