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home plate

noun, Baseball.
the base at which the batter stands and which a base runner must reach safely in order to score a run, typically a five-sided slab of whitened rubber set at ground level at the front corner of the diamond.
Also called home, the plate, home base.
Origin of home plate
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They came close, about the distance from third to home plate.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The batter was impatiently tapping his stick on the home plate.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • Nor did that call subside until he had crossed the home plate.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • He crossed over to the home plate and pounded the earth with the end of his bat.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • Not a one of 'em are going to see the home plate off of me to-day.

  • The home plate should if possible be a piece of whitened rubber.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • This and home plate should be buried so that they are flush with the surface of the field.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • But by this time Buddy was nearly at home plate, where he would be safe.

    Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg Howard R. Garis
  • If we are thrown out, we walk back to the home plate—and sit upon a bench.


    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for home plate

home plate

(baseball) a flat often five-sided piece of hard rubber or other material that serves to define the area over which the pitcher must throw the ball for a strike and that a base runner must safely reach on his way from third base to score a run Also called plate, home, home base
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for home plate

home plate

noun phrase

The landing field, aircraft carrier, etc, where an aircraft is based

Related Terms

get to first base

[1950s+ Air Force; fr the baseball sense, regarded as a goal and safe haven]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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