Definition of plate appearance in English:

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plate appearance

noun

Baseball A player’s turn at the plate, the total of which for any player includes all official at bats plus appearances that resulted in a walk, sacrifice, etc. Compare with at-bat.
Example sentences
  • Francoeur did not draw his first walk until his 131st plate appearance, and it was intentional.
  • Damon's value is atop the order, which means his slide in walks per plate appearance this season must stop.
  • After walking in his first plate appearance, he walked only once more before being hurt.

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Syllabification: plate ap·pear·ance

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