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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. 2017.
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  • The pitcher's box on a full-sized field is exactly 60 1/2 feet from home plate.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • The batter was impatiently tapping his stick on the home plate.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • They came close, about the distance from third to home plate.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The home plate should if possible be a piece of whitened rubber.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • The jacky beside the home plate dropped his bat and ran toward the street, his team-mates close behind him.

    Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry
  • If we are thrown out, we walk back to the home plate—and sit upon a bench.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • Therell be nobody at the home plate to see me coming and hail me: Kill the fatted prodigal; here comes the calf!

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • If you think you can put anything over our home plate, why go ahead, and more power to ye, as Bricktop Molloy would say.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • Mighty few fellows could send the ball all the way from deep center to the home plate, as straight as a die.

    The Chums of Scranton High Donald Ferguson
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.
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