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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When third baseman Adrián Beltré committed a throwing error on Tim Beckham’s soft single in the sixth, one of three Rangers errors, the Orioles (27-69) had their first base runner perched within 90 feet of home plate on the night. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 A few feet in front of home plate, catcher James McCann reached for the ball, instead of allowing it to travel closer to the plate. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers are where Chicago Cubs were five years ago," 4 July 2018 But Salvador Perez struck out on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate to end the threat. Maria Torres, kansascity, "As Trevor Oaks wobbles and Alex Gordon steals home, Royals are swept by the Indians," 4 July 2018 With two outs in the inning, Chambers missed a pop-up just in front of home plate. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Run scores after missed pop-up hits Mets draft pick in the groin," 11 June 2018 On the play, Rizzo slid hard to the left side of home plate in an attempt to break up a double play. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Official review determines Cubs' Anthony Rizzo guilty of interference," 29 May 2018 Sarf stretched, and stretched, and here came the go-ahead run, and Sarf scooped a one-hopper out of the dirt, almost doing a balance-beam split with two fibers of her right cleat touching the black of home plate. SI.com, "Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB," 28 May 2018 Duplantis made it around Taylor and just barely threw his left hand on the bottom of home plate to give LSU the 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Todd Peterson pitches -- and hits -- LSU to extra-innings win against South Carolina," 24 May 2018 Freeman sprinted home to score Atlanta’s first run of the day as Rivera heaved a desperation throw wide of home plate. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins nearly shut out against Braves, drop sixth of last seven," 13 May 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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