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bunt 1 (bŭnt)
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v. bunt·ed, bunt·ing, bunts
v.tr.
1. Baseball
a. To bat (a pitched ball) by tapping it lightly so that the ball rolls slowly in front of the infielders.
b. To cause (a base runner) to advance or (a run) to score by bunting.
2. To push or strike with or as if with the head; butt.
v.intr.
1. Baseball To bunt a pitched ball: The batter squared away to bunt.
2. To butt.
n.
1. Baseball
a. The act of bunting.
b. A bunted ball.
2. A butt with or as if with the head.

[Dialectal, to push, strike.]

bunter n.

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bunt·ing 1 (bŭntĭng)
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n.
1. A light cotton, woolen, or synthetic cloth used for making flags.
2. Flags considered as a group.
3. Strips of cloth or material usually in the colors of the national flag, used especially as drapery or streamers for festive decoration.

[Perhaps from German bunt, colored.]

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bunt·ing 2 (bŭntĭng)
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n.
1. Any of various birds of the family Emberizidae, having short, cone-shaped bills and brownish, yellowish, or grayish plumage.
2. Any of various similar birds of the family Cardinalidae, often with brightly colored plumage.

[Middle English.]

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bunt·ing 3 (bŭntĭng)
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n.
A snug-fitting, hooded sleeping bag or one-piece garment of heavy material for infants.

[Perhaps from Scots buntin, plump, short.]

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