Definition of home plate in English:

home plate

Syllabification: home plate

noun

Baseball
  • The five-sided flat white rubber base next to which the batter stands and over which the pitcher must throw the ball for a strike. A runner must touch home plate after having reached all the other bases to score a run.
    More example sentences
    • After touching home plate, the batter walks off the field as the hero of the winning team.
    • Runs are scored when a batter reaches the home plate after running round all three bases, be it one-by-one or alternatively in one fell swoop after one hit.
    • We'd stand at home plate facing the backstop, and he'd give us five pitches per turn.

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