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plate

noun \ ˈplāt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of plate

1 a :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
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[Middle English; partly from African 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
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[Middle English, from African 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 a :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

platelike

play \ˈplāt-ˌlīk\ adjective
on a plate
:without having been earned :as a gift
  • goals were handed to them on a plate

Examples of plate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

plate Synonyms

Synonyms
lamella, lamina, 2scale
Related Words
chip, flake, sliver, splint, splinter; leaf, sheet, slice

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


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plate

verb

Definition of plate

plated; plating
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

Recent Examples of plate from the Web

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First Known Use of plate

14th century



PLATE Defined for English Language Learners

plate

noun

Definition of plate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of plate for English Language Learners

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

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


PLATE Defined for Kids

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plate

noun \ ˈplāt \

Definition of plate for Students

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

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plate

verb

Definition of plate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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plate

noun \ ˈplāt \

medical Definition of plate

1 :a thin relatively flat piece or lamina (as of bone) that is part of the body
2 a :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

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plate

transitive verb

medical Definition of plate

plated; plating
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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