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

Each stop features a bronzed home plate with highlights of the star's career and a bronze cast of the Louisville Slugger model bat that players used. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "In Slugger's Walk of Fame, the bats of baseball's biggest stars take a big beating," 11 Apr. 2018 Sitting behind home plate at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, the 16-year-old Gwynn took plenty of guff from Yankees fans. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Decade later, Gwynn has no regrets about tripling Pads' pain," 29 Sep. 2017 Alex Bregman dribbled a ball a few feet from home plate that A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy picked up. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Astros Win on One of the Weirdest Walk-Offs in Baseball History," 11 July 2018 Reaction from Alex Bregman and A.J. Hinch to the final play With the winning run on third and one out, Alex Bregman barely got a piece of a sinker and nubbed it eight feet from home plate. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Relive Astros' Alex Bregman's wacky walk-off in photos," 11 July 2018 Beatty made a brief talk from home plate at the game between the Giants and the Cardinals. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Beatty booed at Candlestick Park," 28 June 2018 Cordero’s 489-foot blast, also the longest in the majors this season, traveled at 116.3 mph from home plate to its carom off the side of the scoreboard in center field. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tyson Ross flirts with first Padres no-hitter in win over D-backs," 20 Apr. 2018 Alex Bregman broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning and won Saturday night’s Padres-Astros game by hitting a ball less than 15 feet from home plate to score a man from second. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "The Astros won on a walkoff infield pop-up," 8 Apr. 2018 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

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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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: the base that a baseball runner must touch to score

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