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

  • n. Baseball The area over home plate through which a pitch must pass to be called a strike, roughly between the batter's armpits and knees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area through which if a pitched ball passes, it will be called a strike, typically from the batter's knees to the belt and the width of home plate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the area above home plate where, if a pitched ball passes through and is not hit by the batter, the pitch counts as a strike. Specifically, it is directly above home plate and at a height from the knees to the shoulders of the batter.

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

  • n. (baseball) the area over home plate between a batter's knees and shoulders through which a pitch must pass in order to be called a strike


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  • He'd have to swing lefty if he wanted to stay gun-ready, but his strike zone was as big as, well, a Jaguar's windshield.


  • Down 0-2 in the count, Jeter took a pitch out of the strike zone for a ball, then fouled off another blazing fastball.

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  • In total command of his curveballs, cutters and changeups, his fastball was equally confounding as it painted all parts of the strike zone with his excellence.

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