home plate


Definition of home plate

: a 5-sided rubber slab at one corner of a baseball diamond at which a batter stands when batting and which must be touched by a base runner in order to score

Examples of home plate in a Sentence

The runner was tagged out at home plate.
Recent Examples on the Web Second base umpire Laz Diaz took over behind home plate for the rest of the ninth inning. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 The massive banner appeared behind in the upper deck behind home plate. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 11 June 2022 As the celebration began outside the first base dugout, several Eagles waved goodbye to a particularly loud group of Noblesville students behind home plate. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2022 His 2-foot dribbler was collected by Rays catcher Mike Zunino, who stepped on home plate to get the first out of the inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2022 Despite the hit, Phillips, a freshman, got up and stepped on home plate. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Bumgarner tapped his former batterymate on the shoulder, Buster Posey slapped him on the rear, and then stood up on home plate to delay the game. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 Souza slipped on home plate and tore his left ACL while playing for the Diamondbacks in an exhibition game March 25, 2019. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 Souza slipped on home plate and tore his left ACL while playing for the Diamondbacks in an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on March 25, 2019. Scott Bordow, Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of home plate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of home plate was in 1866

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22 Jun 2022

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“Home plate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20plate. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of home plate

: the base that a baseball runner must touch to score

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