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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.

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Also called home, the plate, home base.

Origin of home plate

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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home plate

noun

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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