• noun an exponent of seam bowling; in its narrow sense the term denotes a bowler who relies mainly on movement off the pitch, but ‘seamer’ has a wide application and is often used as a coverall term to distinguish the faster bowlers of a side’s attack from its slow bowlers or spinners
    Citation ‘Bishan Bedi urged “Gooch must have faith in his spin specialists”. Instead, England chose four seamers plus Salisbury’ (Marqusee 1994)
    Citation ‘Sussex recovered from 78 for six to reach 172 in seamer-friendly conditions’ (Paul Weaver, Guardian 28 August 2006)
  • noun a ball bowled by a seam bowler
    Citation ‘On English wickets you can usually get away with bowling little seamers to a defensive field’ (Bob Willis, Observer 3 June 1984)