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

  • n. Baseball The third of the bases on the diamond counterclockwise from home plate; the last base to be reached by a runner before home plate.
  • n. Baseball The position played by the third baseman.

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  • n. The base after second base in a counter-clockwise path around a baseball infield.
  • n. Touching a man's or woman's genitals in a sexual manner; mutual masturbation.

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

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


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  • —Sportswriter, commenting as the lumbering Orioles outfielder stood on third base during a game in Milwaukee

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • Rounding third base and throwing his batting helmet into the night sky after the circuit-tripper, there was a bigger reason for Matsui and the Yankees to celebrate: The Red Sox were in the process of losing its third consecutive road game.

    One Season

  • Sunday's 1-for-15 performance with runners in scoring position continued a problem that plagued ASU all weekend, as it hit just .103 (3-for-29) with runners on second or third base in its three losses to Elon (34-18, 17-10 SoCon).

    Appalachian State Headline News

  • Martin hoped to surprise the Royals; he signaled to third base coach Dick Howser to instruct Jackson to bunt.

    The Greatest Game

  • There is that well-traveled story dating back to the days when Pedro was a Dodger holding down third base in an infield with second baseman Steve Sax, who, because of psychological problems or some such thing, was having all kinds of troubles throwing to first.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • And upon his return, third sacker Alex Rodriguez produced only nine errors, his fewest since moving to third base in 2004.

    One Season

  • Landing in the glove of Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles somewhere near the third base coaching box, Yankees fans all over went berserk, then packed their bags for Kansas City, Los Angeles the World Series and a second straight world championship.

    One Season

  • Hobson smashed it down the third base line so hard that Graig Nettles, back on his heels, let the ball bounce off the heel of his glove.

    The Greatest Game

  • FOUL LINES: lines extending from home plate through first and third base and all the way to the outfield.


  • He looked up and saw the third base umpire, Steve Palermo, making circles with an upraised right hand.

    The Greatest Game


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