face·​plate ˈfās-ˌplāt How to pronounce faceplate (audio)
: a disk fixed with its face at right angles to the live spindle of a lathe for the attachment of the work
: a protective plate for a machine or device
: a protective cover for the human face (as of a diver)
: the glass front of a cathode-ray tube on which the image is seen

Examples of faceplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main difference is that the Onyx doesn’t come with as expensive of a cartridge as the Carbon, and that its knob, faceplate, and inlay are made of plastic instead of metal. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 21 Oct. 2023 Align the intakes vertically, mark the U-bolt locations, drill on the marks, and slip a faceplate on either side of the barrel wall. Joe Kohl-Riggs, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 There’s even a small community around the Stream Deck on Etsy, making faceplates, covers, and icon packs for Elgato’s little macro pads. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 11 July 2023 The prosecution presented photos of a metal faceplate underneath the Ranger’s console. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 11 May 2023 The second-gen 15-key Stream Deck features all the same functionality as its predecessor but includes a more robust stand, a detachable USB-C cable, and interchangeable faceplates. $130 at Amazon$130 at Best Buy The Stream Deck XL is the 32-key version of the Elgato Stream Deck. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 29 Mar. 2023 Screw the faceplate to the door. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 The back faceplate was similarly impressive. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2017 The jelly-spattered hand of a toddler flicks the switch up and down, turning on and cutting off the lights, covering the faceplate in a seemingly innocuous filth. Dante Micheaux, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of faceplate was in 1827

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“Faceplate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faceplate. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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face·​plate ˈfā-splāt How to pronounce faceplate (audio)
: a protective plate or cover (as for protecting the face of a diver)
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