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 Others – including Robinson’s own teammates - did not shake his hand, but the Youngstown native reached out as Robinson crossed home plate after smashing a three-run home run. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Shuba-Robinson statue hits fundraising goal, thanks to Oregon foundation’s surprise donation," 30 Oct. 2020 Buxton sped around the bases and crossed home plate. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "For Twins and others, division title isn't quite the prize it used to be," 15 Sep. 2020 For the Cincinnati Reds, the challenge of scoring runs in their Wild Card series against the Braves in Atlanta is being compounded - according to many on Twitter - by an inconsistent strike zone by home plate umpire Marty Foster. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Reactions: Joey Votto's called third strike by umpire Marty Foster arouses Reds' ire," 1 Oct. 2020 Schwarber was ready to take first, but home plate umpire Angel Hernandez gestured with his elbow in the air, called the pitch Ball 3 and discussed it with Chicago manager David Ross. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Hendricks sparkles, Cubs edge Twins 1-0 for 5th straight win," 18 Sep. 2020 Early in the 1985 season, after beating the Tigers in Detroit, Seaver noticed the home plate umpire, Jim Evans, at the hotel bar. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "‘He Was the Perfect Pro’: Tom Seaver’s Senses Made Him a Baseball Great," 3 Sep. 2020 After explaining the warnings to managers from both teams, home plate umpire Nic Lentz ejected Cubs catching coach Borzello from the dugout. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "MLB hands down suspensions, fines after Reds-Cubs benches-clearing incident," 31 Aug. 2020 With home plate umpire Jordan Baker giving him nothing on the edges, Lindblom surrendered an RBI single to Schwarber. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Cubs 5: Down three runs early, Milwaukee once again rallies to topple Cubs," 16 Aug. 2020 Lynn fought through five innings — and with rookie home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson — to hold the Angels to a pair of runs. Dallas News, "Rangers’ swift change of fortune epitomizes the unpredictability of this shortened season," 10 Aug. 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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6 Dec 2020

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“Home plate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20plate. Accessed 24 Jan. 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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