a) A pitch thrown with the ball gripped on the fingertips and released with no rotation which travels over an unpredictable path to the plate due to micro-turbulence in the air.

Even the pitcher doesnt know where his knuckleball is going.

b) An event that is hard to predict.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is best known for his use of the knuckleball.

Syn: flutterball, floater, dancer, butterfly ball, ghostball, bug

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