fastball vs smoke what difference

what is difference between fastball and smoke



fast + ball


fastball (plural fastballs)

  1. (baseball) Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball
  2. (baseball) A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers
    The pitcher had a blazing fastball.


  • hummer (slang)
  • cheese (slang)
  • heat (slang)
  • gas (slang)
  • Linda Ronstadt (slang)
    • 1986 May 1, “Talkin’ Baseball . . . The Can of Corn Is Back on the Shelf,” Los Angeles Times:
      A couple of players told me that they refer to a situation in which the batter is badly overmatched by a fastball as a Linda Ronstadt… That refers to Ronstadt’s million-selling remake of Roy Orbison’s hit song, “Blue Bayou” (blew by you).

See also

  • curveball
  • slider
  • cut fastball
  • two-seam fastball
  • split-finger fastball
  • sinker
  • screwball
  • knuckleball
  • gyroball
  • spitball
  • change-up
  • Bugs Bunny change-up


  • fat balls


Alternative forms

  • smoak (obsolete)


  • (UK) enPR: smōk, IPA(key): /sməʊk/
  • (US) enPR: smōk, IPA(key): /smoʊk/
  • Rhymes: -əʊk

Etymology 1

From Middle English smoke, from Old English smoca (smoke), probably a derivative of the verb (see below). Related to Dutch smook (smoke), Middle Low German smôk (smoke), dialectal German Schmauch (smoke).


smoke (countable and uncountable, plural smokes)

  1. (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
  2. (colloquial, countable) A cigarette.
    • 2019, Idles, “Never Fight a Man With a Perm”, Joy as an Act of Resistance.
  3. (colloquial, uncountable) Anything to smoke (e.g. cigarettes, marijuana, etc.)
    Hey, you got some smoke?
  4. (colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII:
      I lit a pipe and had a good long smoke, and went on watching.
  5. (uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.
    • 1974, John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, New York: Knopf, Chapter 6, p. 44,[1]
      I fed her a lot of smoke about a sheep station outside Adelaide and a big property in the high street with a glass front and ‘Thomas’ in lights. She didn’t believe me.
  6. (uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors.
  7. (uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.
  8. (uncountable, slang) Bother; problems; hassle.
  9. (military, uncountable) A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses–screening smoke, signaling smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
  10. (baseball, slang) A fastball.
  11. (countable) A distinct column of smoke, such as indicating a burning area or fire.
  • (cigarette): cig, ciggy, cancer stick, coffin nail, fag (British, Australia)
Derived terms

See smoke/translations § Noun.

Related terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English smoken, from Old English smocian (to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate), from Proto-West Germanic *smokōn, from Proto-Germanic *smukōną (to smoke), ablaut derivative of Proto-Germanic *smaukaną (to smoke), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mewg- (to smoke). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smookje (to smoke), West Frisian smoke (to smoke), Low German smöken (to smoke), German Low German smoken (to smoke). Related also to Old English smēocan (to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate), Bavarian schmuckelen (to smell bad, reek).


smoke (third-person singular simple present smokes, present participle smoking, simple past and past participle smoked)

  1. (transitive) To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
  2. (intransitive) To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke.
  3. (intransitive) To give off smoke.
    • 1645, John Milton, L’Allegro
      Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.
    1. (intransitive) Of a fire in a fireplace: to emit smoke outward instead of up the chimney, owing to imperfect draught.
  4. (transitive) To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.
  5. (transitive) To dry or medicate by smoke.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
    • Smoking the temple, ful of clothes fayre, / This Emelie with herte debonaire / Hire body wesshe with water of a well []
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To make unclear or blurry.
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot The Tyrant: A Tragedy in Two Acts:
      Smoke your bits of glass,
      Ye loyal Swine, or her transfiguration
      Will blind your wondering eyes.
  8. (intransitive, slang, chiefly as present participle) To perform (e.g. music) energetically or skillfully.
  9. (US, Canada, New Zealand, slang) To beat someone at something.
  10. (transitive, US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun.
  11. (transitive, slang, obsolete) To thrash; to beat.
  12. (obsolete, transitive) To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
    • Upon that [] I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      The squire gave him a good curse at his departure; and then turning to the parson, he cried out, “I smoke it: I smoke it. Tom is certainly the father of this bastard. []
  13. (slang, obsolete, transitive) To ridicule to the face; to mock.
  14. To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
    • The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man.
  15. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
    • Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field.
  16. To suffer severely; to be punished.
  17. (transitive, US military slang) To punish (a person) for a minor offense by excessive physical exercise.
  18. (transitive) To cover (a key blank) with soot or carbon to aid in seeing the marks made by impressioning.
  • (to inhale and exhale smoke from a burning cigarette): have a smoke
Derived terms
  • Dutch: smoken

See also


  • Mesko, mokes

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • smok, smoc


From Old English smoca.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsmɔːk(ə)/


smoke (uncountable)

  1. smoke


  • English: smoke
  • Yola: smock


  • “smōke, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

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