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Definition of PLATE
a: a smooth flat thin piece of material
b (1): forged, rolled, or cast metal in sheets usually thicker than 1⁄4 inch (6 millimeters) (2): a very thin layer of metal deposited on a surface of base metal by plating
c: one of the broad metal pieces used in armor; also: armor of such plates
d (1): a thin relatively flat anatomical part (as a lamina of bone) of an animal body; especially:scute(2): the thin under portion of the forequarter of beef; especially: the fatty back part — see beef illustration