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.

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In game two, West Boynton was up by five runs in the fifth inning when Boca Raton battled back with four runs to pull within 5-4 as Griffin Smith, Devin Willis, Joseph Barber, and Jamie Valdez all crossed home plate. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton Senior All-Stars rally to district title in best-of-3 series," 30 June 2018 Three batters later, Barnhart crossed home plate on a double from Suarez, who nearly hit a bird with his hit to the warning track. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Eric Thames homers again, Cincinnati Reds drop series opener to Milwaukee Brewers," 28 June 2018 There was no need to watch Odor cross home plate to cap the six-run comeback to tie the game. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Balk secures Astros' first four-game sweep of Rangers," 11 June 2018 The reaction from his teammates was classic, pouring out of the dugout as Evans crossed home plate before a standing-room-only crowd. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Torrey Pines defeats Poway in 10 innings for Open Division title," 2 June 2018 Fifteen kids on their sideline broke the high-jump record when the go-ahead run crossed home plate. SI.com, "Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB," 28 May 2018 The hit helped Bryce Adkinson cross home plate after running in place of Julia Sniffen, who opened the inning with a double. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "West Orange returns to softball state title game for third straight year," 24 May 2018 Iowa crossed home plate 16 times in a Missouri win last week. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou Monday: A J'Mon Moore story, softball misses SEC tourney, baseball slips, more | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 Grainger linedlined a single to left field, sending lead runner Destiny McGrath racing around third toward home plate. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Norton softball reaches D2 South semifinals after dramatic walkoff win," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of home plate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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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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