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home plate

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.
Also called home, the plate, home base.
Origin of home plate
1870-1875
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75
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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.

    Whirligigs

    O. Henry
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 run Also called plate, home, home base
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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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