Definition of Home plate

1. Noun. (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score. "He ruled that the runner failed to touch home"

Exact synonyms: Home, Home Base, Plate
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Bag, Base

Definition of Home plate

1. Noun. (baseball) A flat, pentagonal, rubber object placed at the center of the batter's box, which is used as a basis for judging pitched strikes and balls, and the touching of which by a runner advancing from or past third base scores a run. ¹

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Literary usage of Home plate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1899)
"The others in the crowd only felt sick with hope deferred, and wondered if that home plate were going to be another north pole. The Charleston third baseman ..."

2. Handbook of Athletic Games for Players, Instructors, and Spectators by Jessie Hubbell Bancroft, William Dean Pulvermacher (1916)
"The second Umpire stands about ten feet back of the diamond, about midway between the home plate and first or third base. He is at liberty to move around. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"Ball—A pitched ball, not passing over the home- plate at an altitude not higher ... Batsman's Box—The space on either side of the home-plate in which the ..."

4. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1902)
"The fielding side having taken position, the pitcher delivers the ball to the batsman standin« at the home-plate, who endeavors to hit it out of the reach ..."

5. Boy Activity Projects by Samuel A. Blackburn (1918)
"home plate. Most boys like to have a home plate that is of regulation size. The one here shown is made of two pieces of wood, the grain of the wood running ..."

6. Athletes All: Training, Organization, and Play by Walter Camp (1919)
"If he wishes to take one or more steps before kicking the ball he must begin behind the home-plate. Except as follows, the regular rules apply: (a) If the ..."

7. Manual Training Magazine (1913)
"The plate amounts to a two hour quiz; the students so understand it, and know that if some one else works their home plate ..."

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