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 On SeatGeek, home plate seat tickets were listed at $540 each. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Looking for choice seats for the Giants home opener? Here's how much it could cost you," 7 Apr. 2021 One of his fastballs during a game in Tucson struck and killed a dove that had the misfortune of flying between the mound and home plate in a game against the San Francisco Giants. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson killed a bird with a pitch 20 years ago today," 24 Mar. 2021 Note this is just the bases, as home plate remains the same size. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: You will be able to attend Dodger games this season," 15 Mar. 2021 After arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire Winker got ejected. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, "Reds' leading hitter in 2020 and looking to get better; 3 things to know about Jesse Winker," 28 Feb. 2021 Aaron kept his calm, continuing his march, undeterred, towards home plate. Sean Gregory, Time, "Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Has Passed Away, But His Home Run Record Remains a Lesson in Courage and Commitment," 22 Jan. 2021 One of the room’s two 50-inch TVs is mounted on a turf wall outfitted with a home plate. Ron Donoho Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Openings, renovations move forward at area’s casinos," 13 Dec. 2020 The layout has changed some for Ng, who sat next to home plate Monday at Marlins Park for the virtual press conference that coronated her historic appointment as the new general manager of the Miami Marlins. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: A woman in charge, and it's about time," 16 Nov. 2020 If King addressed gender equity, if Navratilova showed how women athletes can act, if the Williams sisters showed how female athletes can look, Ng sat on a stool by home plate at Marlins Park on Monday morning doing something just as revolutionary. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: The Marlins' hire of hope — and the public reaction ‘beyond my expectations’ | Commentary," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of home plate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of home plate was in 1869

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11 Apr 2021

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“Home plate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20plate. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of home plate

baseball : the base that a runner must touch in order to score

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Kids Definition of home plate

: the base that a baseball runner must touch to score

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