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

Watching the pins drop from behind home plate, Burgess was impressed. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Riley Greene's journey to Detroit Tigers started with a Florida scout," 7 June 2019 Nick Ahmed followed with a run-scoring double and Christian Walker scored from third on a pitch that caromed off home plate umpire Joe West’s mask. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Sandoval’s HR in 10th gives Giants 3-2 win over Diamondbacks," 19 May 2019 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jake Jewell suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury while covering home plate after a wild pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Angels' Jake Jewell suffers gruesome injury against Boston Red Sox," 28 June 2018 Dozier touched home plate and began to high-five those who congregated outside his dugout, unwilling to remember what could befall them. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa's walkoff single in 12th inning lifts Astros over Royals," 23 June 2018 Aaron Nola outlasted Clayton Kershaw, Seranthony Dominguez was Seranthony Dominguez, and Maikel Franco still hasn’t touched home plate. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Maikel Franco's Hollywood performance | Extra Innings," 1 June 2018 When Tim Tebow approached home plate on Thursday, the former NFL quarterback smacked a three-run homer. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Sports, Faith, Dating and Adoption: Tim Tebow Talks About His Life's Purpose," 8 Apr. 2018 With the Rangers down 2-0 in the Series, Holland joked about his outing after the game, suggesting that somebody moved home plate. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the Giants’ newcomers, prodigal sons are excited about home opener," 2 Apr. 2018 Auburn players always surround home plate to greet their teammate after a home run, but the celebration for Tannon Snow on Saturday was particularly meaningful. James Crepea, AL.com, "Tannon Snow's heroics transcend the softball field for Auburn," 11 Feb. 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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