home plate

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.
Also called home, the plate, home base.

1870–75, Americanism

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home plate
baseball plate, home, Also called: home base 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 run

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Example sentences
At the touch of a button, the robot's silvery jointed arm reared back and then
  moved steadily toward home plate.
Though the first act is a slow wind- up, the second act is a fast ball across
  home plate.
Almost nose to nose, an umpire, a manager and a star baseball player are
  screaming as they jostle for position near home plate.
For a pitcher, it's the strike zone over home plate that suddenly begins to
  jump around.
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