plate

noun
\ ˈplāt How to pronounce plate (audio) \

Definition of plate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 (such 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
f : any of the large movable segments into which the earth's lithosphere is divided according to the theory of plate tectonics

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 [ 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
4a : a prepared surface from which printing is done
b : a sheet of material (such 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
5 : a horizontal structural member that provides bearing and anchorage especially for the trusses of a roof or the rafters
6 : the part of a denture that fits to the mouth broadly : denture
7 : a full-page illustration often on different paper from the text pages
8 : a schedule of matters to deal with have a lot on my plate now
on a plate
: without having been earned : as a gift goals were handed to them on a plate

plate

verb
plated; plating

Definition of plate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or equip with plate: such as
a : to provide with armor plate
b : to cover with an adherent layer mechanically, chemically, or electrically also : to deposit (something, such as a layer) on a surface
2 : to make a printing surface from or for
3 : to fix or secure with a plate
4 : to cause (a runner) to score in baseball
5 : to arrange (food) on a plate or dish

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Other Words from plate

Noun

platelike \ ˈplāt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce platelike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for plate

Synonyms: Noun

lamella, lamina, scale

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Examples of plate in a Sentence

Noun

a plate of cheese and crackers I ate a salad and a plate of spaghetti. A shiny metal plate was screwed to the door. He had a steel plate put in his shoulder after the accident.
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Gorham jumped on the trend, and the Furbers acquired 260 new pieces, such as an assortment of gilded butter plates, far more serene than the patriotic epergne. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 Ocean Terrace is buffet central for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Palms Grill is family fun for dinner cooked tableside on a hot volcanic stone plate, and for fine dining The Point impresses with ocean views and an Italian menu. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019 Transfer to a plate, and repeat to make and plate the other pancake. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "When the fridge is (almost) empty, this adaptable Japanese pancake comes to the rescue," 2 July 2019 Real plates, real utensils, cloth napkins. Stockpile used dinnerware for parties and picnics so nothing goes in the trash bin when you’re done. Andrea L. Dooley, SFChronicle.com, "Take this first step for a zero-waste lifestyle," 2 July 2019 Such brass-plate entities, whose ownership is typically hard if not impossible to trace, were at the heart of the theft from 1MDB, a Malaysian state fund, and a $230bn money-rinsing scandal at Danske Bank. The Economist, "The war on money-launderers’ vehicle of choice intensifies," 29 June 2019 The man was charged with speeding, driving with expired plates, OVI and having an open container of alcohol in his car. cleveland.com, "Four arrested in stolen car after mall theft: Beachwood Police Blotter," 28 June 2019 James led us through tectonic plates, volcanic hot spots, and rising atolls until our Pacific islands began to sound like parts of some strange, restless creature, shuffling this way and that across watery expanses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 France is the first country to ban plastic cutlery, plates, and cups. Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic, "Why carrying your own fork and spoon helps solve the plastic crisis," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add to skillet and cook without stirring until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side; transfer to plate with sausage. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Old Bay Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Shrimp and Sausage," 15 Feb. 2019 Second baseman Delaney Thomas finished the day with just one hit, but pushed across three RBIs with a sacrifice fly, a grounder to the right side with a runner at 3rd base and a single to right-center to plate Johnson in the 6th inning. Spring Hill College Athletics, AL.com, "Spring Hill ends 2018 SIAC slate with 10-3 victory," 14 Apr. 2018 Transfer meatballs to plate and reduce heat to low. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Skillet Meatballs," 24 Oct. 2018 When the protein is ready, plate it up, and pull the sauces out of the fridge. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 To plate: In a small bowl, dress the watercress with the remaining lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Two of five Indians errors on the day came in the fourth inning and helped plate a run for the Falcons to take a 7-0 lead. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Beer, Crescenta Valley baseball blank Burroughs," 25 Apr. 2018 Cook parsley in same skillet, in two batches, until crisp; transfer to plate with capers, adding another tablespoon oil to skillet between batches, if necessary. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Farro-and-Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers," 10 Aug. 2018 To plate, place a round of baked crust in a bowl, top with fruit mixture, and another round of crust. House Beautiful, "Carla Hall's Sweet Potato, Apple, and Cranberry Potpie Dessert," 7 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of plate

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plate

Noun

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

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plate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

plate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add a layer of metal to the outside of (something)
baseball : to cause (a run or a runner) to score

plate

noun
\ ˈplāt How to pronounce plate (audio) \

Kids Definition of plate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shallow usually round dish
2 : a main course of a meal I ate a plate of spaghetti.
3 : a thin flat piece of material steel plate
5 : a piece of metal on which something is engraved or molded a license plate
6 : an illustration often covering a full page of a book
7 : a sheet of glass coated with a chemical sensitive to light for use in a camera

plate

verb
plated; plating

Kids Definition of plate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with a thin layer of metal (as gold or silver)

plate

noun
\ ˈplāt How to pronounce plate (audio) \

Medical Definition of plate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a thin relatively flat piece or lamina (as of bone) that is part of the body
2a : a flat glass dish used chiefly for culturing microorganisms especially : petri dish
b : a culture or culture medium contained in such a dish
3 : a supporting or reinforcing element: as
a : the part of a denture that fits in the mouth broadly : denture
b : a thin flat narrow piece of metal (as stainless steel) that is used to repair a bone defect or fracture
plated; plating

Medical Definition of plate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to inoculate and culture (microorganisms or cells) on a plate also : to distribute (an inoculum) on a plate or plates for cultivation
2 : to repair (as a fractured bone) with metal plates

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