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 for Home base
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Home \Home\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to one's dwelling or country; domestic;
        not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
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     2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.
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     3. (Games) In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a
        progress; goal; as:
        (a) (Baseball) The plate at which the batter stands; same
            as home base and home plate.
        (b) (Lacrosse) The place of a player in front of an
            opponent's goal; also, the player.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Home base or Home plate (Baseball), the base at which the
        batter stands when batting, and which is the last base to
        be reached in scoring a run.
     Home farm, grounds, etc., the farm, grounds, etc.,
        adjacent to the residence of the owner.
     Home lot, an inclosed plot on which the owner's home
        stands. [U. S.]
     Home rule, rule or government of an appendent or dependent
        country, as to all local and internal legislation, by
        means of a governing power vested in the people within the
        country itself, in contradistinction to a government
        established by the dominant country; as, home rule in
        Ireland. Also used adjectively; as, home-rule members of
     Home ruler, one who favors or advocates home rule.
     Home stretch (Sport.), that part of a race course between
        the last curve and the winning post.
     Home thrust, a well directed or effective thrust; one that
        wounds in a vital part; hence, in controversy, a personal
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces.
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              Mangled . . . through plate and mail. --Milton.
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     3. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups,
        etc., wrought in gold or silver.
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     4. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that
        which is silver or gold throughout.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     8. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for
        printing from; as, publisher's plates.
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     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.
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     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.
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     11. (Her.) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
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     12. (Photog.) A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with
         a coating that is sensitive to light.
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     13. A prize giving to the winner in a contest.
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     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.
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     17. Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in
         horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not
         making a stake.
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     18. Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and
         roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted. [Furrier's
         [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.
     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.
     22. a flat dish of glass or plastic with a fitted cover, used
         for culturing microorganisms in a laboratory.
     23. the identification tag required to be displayed on the
         outside of a vehicle; same as license plate; -- often
         used in the plural.
     24. an agenda or schedule of tasks to be performed; I have a
         lot on my plate today. [colloq.]
     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.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  home base
      n 1: (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the
           batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order
           to score; "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"
           [syn: home plate, home base, home, plate]
      2: (usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative
         center of an enterprise; "many companies have their
         headquarters in New York" [syn: headquarters, central
         office, main office, home office, home base]

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