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plate

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noun \ˈplāt\

Simple Definition of plate

  • : a flat and usually round dish that is used for eating or serving food

  • : the food that is served on a plate

  • : a thin, flat piece of metal

Full Definition of plate

  1. 1 a :  a smooth flat thin piece of material b (1) :  forged, rolled, or cast metal in sheets usually thicker than 14 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 e :  home plate f :  any of the large movable segments into which the earth's lithosphere is divided according to the theory of plate tectonics

  2. 2 [Middle English; partly from Anglo-French plate plate, bullion; partly from Old Spanish plata silver, from Vulgar Latin *platta metal plate, from feminine of plattus flat] a obsolete :  a silver coin b :  precious metal; especially :  silver bullion

  3. 3 [Middle English, from Anglo-French plat, plate dish, plate, from plat flat] a :  domestic hollowware made of or plated with gold, silver, or base metals b :  a shallow usually circular vessel from which food is eaten or served c (1) :  a quantity to fill a plate :  plateful (2) :  a main course served on a plate (3) :  food and service supplied to one person <a dinner at $10 a plate> d (1) :  a prize given to the winner in a contest (2) British :  a horse race in which the contestants compete for a prize of fixed value rather than stakes e :  a dish or pouch passed during collections f :  a flat glass or plastic dish used chiefly for culturing microorganisms

  4. 4 a :  a prepared surface from which printing is done b :  a sheet of material (as glass or plastic) coated with a light-sensitive photographic emulsion c :  a metallic grid with its interstices filled with active material that forms one of the structural units of a battery d :  license plate

  5. 5 :  a horizontal structural member that provides bearing and anchorage especially for the trusses of a roof or the rafters

  6. 6 :  the part of a denture that fits to the mouth; broadly :  denture

  7. 7 :  a full-page illustration often on different paper from the text pages

  8. 8 :  a schedule of matters to deal with <have a lot on my plate now>

plate·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
on a plate
  1. :  without having been earned :  as a gift <goals were handed to them on a plate>

Examples of plate

  1. a plate of cheese and crackers

  2. I ate a salad and a plate of spaghetti.

  3. A shiny metal plate was screwed to the door.

  4. He had a steel plate put in his shoulder after the accident.



Origin of plate

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from plate, feminine of plat flat, from Vulgar Latin *plattus, probably from Greek platys broad, flat — more at place


First Known Use: 14th century

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plate

verb

Simple Definition of plate

  • : to add a layer of metal to the outside of (something)

  • baseball : to cause (a run or a runner) to score

Full Definition of plate

plat·edplat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover or equip with plate: as a :  to provide with armor plate b :  to cover with an adherent layer mechanically, chemically, or electrically; also :  to deposit (as a layer) on a surface

  3. 2 :  to make a printing surface from or for

  4. 3 :  to fix or secure with a plate

  5. 4 :  to cause (as a runner) to score in baseball

  6. 5 :  to arrange (food) on a plate

14th Century

First Known Use of plate

14th century




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