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

Cano’s fifth homer of the season highlighted an eventful eight inning that saw Dee Gordon get into an argument with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski and manager Scott Servais get tossed for defending Gordon and preventing him from getting ejected. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s back … Robinson Cano’s power on display with a three-run homer to lift Mariners past Astros 7-4," 20 Aug. 2018 Workers paint the World Series logo behind home plate at Fenway Park. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Another Red Sox Title? Think of Boston’s Children," 21 Oct. 2018 The Red Sox campaigned for him by writing #VoteBenny in chalk in the dirt behind home plate. Jimmy Golen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "J.D. Martinez homers again as Red Sox blank Rangers 5-0," 9 July 2018 The video replay seemed to show that the call should have been reversed, but no one looked at it because foul/fair calls in front of home plate are not reviewable. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "MLB needs to rethink how it handles video review at home plate," 27 June 2018 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

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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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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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