home plate

home plate
Plate Plate, n. [OF. plate a plate of metal, a cuirsas, F. plat a plate, a shallow vessel of silver, other metal, or earth, fr. plat flat, Gr. ?. See {Place}, n.] 1. A flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal, the thickness of which is small in comparison with the other dimensions; a thick sheet of metal; as, a steel plate. [1913 Webster]

2. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces. [1913 Webster]

Mangled . . . through plate and mail. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver. [1913 Webster]

4. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is silver or gold throughout. [1913 Webster]

5. A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table. [1913 Webster]

6. [Cf. Sp. plata silver.] A piece of money, usually silver money. [Obs.] ``Realms and islands were as plates dropp'd from his pocket.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. A piece of metal on which anything is engraved for the purpose of being printed; hence, an impression from the engraved metal; as, a book illustrated with plates; a fashion plate. [1913 Webster]

8. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates. [1913 Webster]

9. That part of an artificial set of teeth which fits to the mouth, and holds the teeth in place. It may be of gold, platinum, silver, rubber, celluloid, etc. [1913 Webster]

10. (Arch.) A horizontal timber laid upon a wall, or upon corbels projecting from a wall, and supporting the ends of other timbers; also used specifically of the roof plate which supports the ends of the roof trusses or, in simple work, the feet of the rafters. [1913 Webster]

11. (Her.) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent. [1913 Webster]

12. (Photog.) A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light. [1913 Webster]

13. A prize giving to the winner in a contest. [1913 Webster]

14. (Baseball) A small five-sided area (enveloping a diamond-shaped area one foot square) beside which the batter stands and which must be touched by some part of a player on completing a run; -- called also {home base}, or {home plate}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

15. One of the thin parts of the bricket of an animal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

16. A very light steel racing horsehoe. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

17. Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not making a stake. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

18. Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted. [Furrier's Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

19. (Hat Making) The fine nap (as of beaver, hare's wool, musquash, nutria, or English black wool) on a hat the body of which is of an inferior substance. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

20. a quantity sufficient to fill a plate; a {plateful}; a dish containing that quantity; a plate of spaghetti. [PJC]

21. the food and service supplied to a customer at a restaurant; as, the turkey dinner is $9 a plate; I'll have a plate of spaghetti. [PJC]

22. a flat dish of glass or plastic with a fitted cover, used for culturing microorganisms in a laboratory. [PJC]

23. the identification tag required to be displayed on the outside of a vehicle; same as {license plate}; -- often used in the plural. [PJC]

24. an agenda or schedule of tasks to be performed; I have a lot on my plate today. [colloq.] [PJC]

Note: Plate is sometimes used in an adjectival sense or in combination, the phrase or compound being in most cases of obvious signification; as, plate basket or plate-basket, plate rack or plate-rack. [1913 Webster]

{Home plate}. (Baseball) See {Home base}, under {Home}.

{Plate armor}. (a) See {Plate}, n., 2. (b) Strong metal plates for protecting war vessels, fortifications, and the like.

{Plate bone}, the shoulder blade, or scapula.

{Plate girder}, a girder, the web of which is formed of a single vertical plate, or of a series of such plates riveted together.

{Plate glass}. See under {Glass}.

{Plate iron}, wrought iron plates.

{Plate layer}, a workman who lays down the rails of a railway and fixes them to the sleepers or ties.

{Plate mark}, a special mark or emblematic figure stamped upon gold or silver plate, to indicate the place of manufacture, the degree of purity, and the like; thus, the local mark for London is a lion.

{Plate paper}, a heavy spongy paper, for printing from engraved plates. --Fairholt.

{Plate press}, a press with a flat carriage and a roller, -- used for printing from engraved steel or copper plates.

{Plate printer}, one who prints from engraved plates.

{Plate printing}, the act or process of printing from an engraved plate or plates.

{Plate tracery}. (Arch.) See under {Tracery}.

{Plate wheel} (Mech.), a wheel, the rim and hub of which are connected by a continuous plate of metal, instead of by arms or spokes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Home plate — Plate Plate, n. [OF. plate a plate of metal, a cuirsas, F. plat a plate, a shallow vessel of silver, other metal, or earth, fr. plat flat, Gr. ?. See {Place}, n.] 1. A flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal, the thickness of which is small in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Home plate — Home Home, a. 1. Of or pertaining to one s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts. [1913 Webster] 2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust. [1913 Webster] 3. (Games) In various games, the ultimate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • home plate — n [singular] the place where you stand to hit the ball in baseball and the last place the player who is running must touch in order to get a point →↑home base …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • home plate — home ,plate noun uncount in baseball and similar sports, the place you stand when you hit the ball, which is also the last place you run to after hitting the ball …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • home plate — home′ plate′ n. spo the base in baseball at which the batter stands and which a base runner must reach safely in order to score a run, typically a slab of rubber set at the front corner of the diamond …   From formal English to slang

  • home plate — ☆ home plate n. Baseball the base that the batter stands beside and over which the pitcher must throw the ball for a strike: it is the last base that a base runner must reach safely to score a run: see BASE1 (n. 9) …   English World dictionary

  • Home Plate — Photographie de Home Plate prise par l instrument HiRISE de la sonde Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Home Plate est un plateau situé sur la planète Mars au sein des collines Columbia Hills du cratère Gusev. Son nom provient de sa similitude avec la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Home Plate — Infobox Album | Name = Home Plate Type = Album Artist = Bonnie Raitt Released = 1975 Recorded = 1975 Genre = Rock Length = 31:59 Label = Warner Brothers Producer = Paul Rothchild Reviews = * Allmusic Rating|3|5… …   Wikipedia

  • home plate — noun (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score (Freq. 2) he ruled that the runner failed to touch home • Syn: ↑home base, ↑home, ↑plate • Topics: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • home plate — {n.} The base in baseball where the batter stands and that a runner must touch to score. * /The runner slid across home plate ahead of the tag to score a run./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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