fair ball


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fair ball (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fair ball (Baseball) A ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the batsman, and delivered by the pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the batsman.
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In literature:

This enables the runner to get a long start, making his scoring nearly certain if the batsman succeeds in hitting the ball fairly.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
He showed fair judgment, and middled the ball very neatly to the Campbells and M'Call.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
Suppose the ball is lying fairly low in grass.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
The ball of the marvellous was fairly set rolling.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
She was rocking to and fro upon the balls of her feet, every inch of her fairly pulsing with mocking, malicious delight.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
Rows of booths for the display of "fairings," gingerbread, nuts, cakes, brandy-balls, and sugar-plums stood in the gutter each side.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Taking a most careful aim, Chippy let fly at the wide-open mouth, and put the ball fairly on the mark.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The general effect is that of a large fair, of a great masked ball with very transparent disguises.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Fair's words were very indistinct, but March's came through the thin door-panels as clean as rifle-balls.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
In the convention of 1864 the catch of a fair ball on the ground no longer put a man out, as the fly game was adopted by a vote of 32 to 19.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various

In poetry:

The box, when round the terraced square
Its glossy wall was drawn;
The climbing vines, the snow-balls fair,
The roses on the lawn.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
With the Sauntering Sue on the ocean floor
And them cannon balls rolling inside,
They hated to think of Eberly Moore
And Eberly's fair young bride.
"Eberly's Fair Young Bride" by Wallace Irwin
Methinks to reason's sober ear it calls,
"Be wise, and snatch the swift departing hour!"
It bids gay Florio quit the midnight-balls,
And court fair wisdom in her sacred bower.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
You'll find young Paullus passing fair,
Modest, refined, and tony;
Go, now, incite the favored wight!
With Venus for a crony
He'll outshine all at feast and ball
And conversazione!
"To Mother Venus" by Eugene Field
Th' unceasing wheel of restless fate,
Early each morn, each ev'ning late,
'Till Death, still whirls about the fatal ball
Of life — yet thoughtless on we run,
Until the whole is fairly spun,
And we to endless torments headlong fall.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
My tears are all of April, my laughter is of May,
My sorrow's all a cowslip-ball, so light to toss away:
My heart is bright with Easter light, my face is fair to see.
Because God's risen, and out of prison the whole round world goes free.
"Easter" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson

In news:

Jason McCourty held up as Jacoby Jones waved for a fair catch deep in Texans' territory, but when the return man bobbled the ball, McCourty grabbed it.
The ability to control putterhead speed translates into the ability to control the speed of the ball and, ultimately, your ability to make more than your fair share of putts.
I always wondered why a fly ball never curves from foul to fair territory.
ALAMEDA, Calif — Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders have done a fairly good job moving the ball down the field so far this season.
Bob Levey/Getty Images Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy fields a ball as first base umpire Chad Fairchild signals fair at Minute Maid Park in Houston today.
After Washington's heart-stopping overtime win over the Ravens, Mike Shanahan gave game balls to a fair of unheralded special teamers.
It's the home run seen where Fisk is waving the ball fair.
An NCAA rules committee has approved a proposal to give baseball umpires more discretion in determining calls on foul balls that bounce into fair territory.
Fair-trade-certified soccer ball, made by Senda Athletics in Berkeley, Calif, priced at $36.99.
It was a day when people learned there actually is more to long snapping than snapping the ball a fairly long way.
We're fairly familiar with the big ball of fire in the sky called the Sun here in South Texas.
Cycle Sounds has released its fairing sound system for the Victory Vision 8-Ball.
Reporter Tom Kisken steps behind the booth for a chance to lure the crowd into the Gun Ball game at the Ventura County Fair.
Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it and if you cannot do either, do what is fair.
In the past I was either out of town or playing ball during the time of the fair so I was never able to make it down for the festivities.

In science:

The present paper, investigating conditions in which sampling is not “fair”, is based on the “Chaotic Ball” model devised by C. H.
The "Chaotic Ball" model,local realism and the Bell test loopholes
Ensuring that such a machine is fair is an important real-life problem.2 Suppose that, given a machine and set of balls, we wish to test them for being fair.
On the Power of Conditional Samples in Distribution Testing
For a normed linear space X we use the following fairly standard notations: BX denotes the closed unit ball; U (c, r) is the open ball centered in c with radius r ; [x, y ] is the closed segment conv{x, y} (the meaning of the symbols (x, y ) and (x, y ] = [y , x) is clear).
On extensions of d.c. functions and convex functions
It is faithful if there are balls in each of the n colors. A game is fair if the player has an equal chance of winning or losing the game.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
The (fairly obvious) disadvantage is that the structure of MS has nothing to do with the structure of G, and it is very difficult to estimate the relationship between the number of occurences of a given group element in a v-ball of some given radius R.
Generic Phenomena in Groups -- Some Answers and Many Questions