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noun Baseball.
  1. 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.

Origin of home plate

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Also called home, the plate, home base.
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Examples from the Web for home plate

Historical Examples

  • It came towards the home-plate and Marmaduke, as fast as an arrow.

    Half-Past Seven Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • A sizeable grandstand flanked the gridiron and a smaller one stood behind the home-plate of the varsity diamond.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Many of these bunts can be fielded either by the pitcher or, if they drop dead in front of the home-plate, by the catcher.

  • The ball was thrown from a rope stretched between two stakes driven into the ground one hundred and ten yards from the home-plate.

    A Ball Player's Career

    Adrian C. Anson


British Dictionary definitions for home plate

home plate

noun
  1. 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 runAlso called: plate, home, home base
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