WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bunt1 /bʌnt/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Sportto tap (a pitched baseball) a short distance from home plate: [no object]He bunted at the first pitch.[~ + object]He managed to bunt the fastball.
bunt•er, n. [countable]
- the act of bunting a baseball:a perfect bunt.
- a bunted baseball:His bunt rolled a bit.
(bunt),USA pronunciation v.t.
- (of a goat or calf ) to push with the horns or head;
- Sport[Baseball.]to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
- to push (something) with the horns or head.
- Sport[Baseball.]to bunt a ball.
- Animal Behaviora push with the head or horns;
- the act of bunting.
- a bunted ball.
(bunt),USA pronunciation n.
- 1760–70; origin, originally Brit. dialect, dialectal (Central and south, southern England): push, strike; of obscure origin, originally
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe middle part of a square sail.
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe bagging part of a fishing net or bagging middle area of various cloth objects.
(bunt),USA pronunciation n. [Plant Pathol.]
- origin, originally uncertain 1575–85
- Plant Diseasesa smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black, foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia. Also called stinking smut.
- 1595–1605; earlier, puffball; of uncertain origin, originally
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bunt /bʌnt/ vb
- (of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
- to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
- US Canadian (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
Etymology: 19th Century: perhaps nasalized variant of butt³
- the act or an instance of bunting
bunt /bʌnt/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Middle Low German bunt bundle
- the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
bunt /bʌnt/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: of unknown origin
- a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
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