from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A base, usually consisting of a hard rubber slab, at one of the corners of a diamond at which a batter stands when hitting and which a base runner must finally touch in order to score.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • n. See Home base, under Home.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score


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  • Enraged after giving up a run-scoring single, Dibble threw a bat (a la Tony LaRussa) at the screen behind home plate at Riverfront, and he has dumped a bucket of ice water (a la Dave Kingman) on a sportswriter.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • Mills had words for home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after a strike call to Tommy Manzella and was ejected while still in the dugout. Chronicle

  • Or, maybe, just maybe, those screaming Oriole fans seated behind home plate in Camden Yards waving rubber foam syringes pissed him the hell off; so much so that he felt the need to shut those sonofabitches up with action.

    One Season

  • Manager Earl Weaver stormed onto the field and persuaded home plate umpire Joe Brinkman to warn Billy Martin that subsequent brushbacks could bring ejections.

    The Greatest Game

  • ON-DECK AREA: place on the field between the dugout and home plate where the next scheduled hitter awaits his turn to bat.


  • No one threw the pill from home plate to second sack better than Elizabeth Payne.


  • The next day, a still-seething Rader met the umpires at home plate for the customary pre-game conference.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • CUTOFF MAN: infielder who catches a throw from an outfielder in an attempt to hold up a base runner who is heading for a base or home plate or to get a ball to its intended target faster.


  • Martin was so distraught that in the top of the ninth in Game Four, he threw a ball at home plate umpire Bill Deegan, who promptly ejected him.

    The Greatest Game

  • FOUL LINES: lines extending from home plate through first and third base and all the way to the outfield.



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