license plate


Definition of license plate

: a plate or tag (as of metal) attesting that a license has been secured and usually bearing a registration number

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The green 2001 Chevy pickup has an Alaska license plate of K9DOC, according to troopers. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers seek stolen Chevy pickup that eluded both Seward and Anchorage police," 23 June 2018 Police have released the license plate of a vehicle wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a security guard in north Houston. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police release license plate of vehicle possibly linked to shooting of security guard," 21 June 2018 One of the lawyers, Ida Grasso, said a security camera near the site where the shooting took place might have captured the license plate of the car. New York Times, "Italian Minister Moves to Count and Expel Roma, Drawing Outrage," 19 June 2018 Someone stole the front license plate of a car parked in the 300 block of South Harvey between 8:30 p.m. May 31 and 7:30 a.m. June 1. Steve Schering,, "Police reports: Driver speeds away while car is being booted in Oak Park," 8 June 2018 Vigilant spokeswoman Mary Alice Johnson declined to identify those third parties but said some include repossession companies whose trucks are outfitted with license plate readers. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Operator of Orange County malls says it shares license plate data with local police, but not ICE," 12 July 2018 And a handful of other states have passed legislation regarding license plate readers. Shawn Musgrave,, "Boston police resume using license plate readers after accidental release of data," 6 May 2018 Additional city technology – like information from automatic license plate readers attached to police cruisers – will be integrated into the system. Sharon Coolidge,, "After Kyle Plush's death, 911 center to hire more staff," 23 Apr. 2018 And in August, City Council approved a request to pay Genetec — the private company behind the Project Green Light technology — $131,785.70 to support the cameras, license plate readers and hardware for the Real Time Crime Center. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Does Detroit's Project Green Light really make the city safer?," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of license plate

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of license plate was circa 1924

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English Language Learners Definition of license plate

US : a metal plate on a vehicle that shows a series of numbers and letters that are used to identify the vehicle

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