elec·​tro·​plate i-ˈlek-trə-ˌplāt How to pronounce electroplate (audio)
electroplated; electroplating; electroplates

transitive verb

: to plate with an adherent continuous coating by electrodeposition

Examples of electroplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exact color of any gilded dial is derived from the amount of copper added to the yellow gold that is electroplated to the dial. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 Meanwhile, electroplating a thin layer of chromium atop another metal produces what is commonly known as chrome plating—think Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or hot-rod cars. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 16 Aug. 2023 Another ten or so rovers would fabricate thin antennas out of that metal and then use an electrolysis technique to electroplate them onto the lunar surface. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 June 2021 Lithium atoms electroplate onto a copper electrode as the battery charges and then move back into a conventional lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode as charge depletes. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 14 Aug. 2020 The tiara is composed of fifteen intersecting circular components, set on a base ring and linked with an undulating band, all cast in lead-free pewter, mounted, and electroplated in silver. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 15 Sep. 2019 Cyanide is used by the steel industry to electroplate and clean metals. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, 16 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electroplate was in 1851

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“Electroplate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroplate. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


elec·​tro·​plate i-ˈlek-trə-ˌplāt How to pronounce electroplate (audio)
: to cover with a coating (as of metal or rubber) by means of electrolysis

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