sole·​plate ˈsōl-ˌplāt How to pronounce soleplate (audio)
: the lower plate of a studded partition on which the bases of the studs butt
: the undersurface of an iron

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its design means the entire soleplate is usable, not just the tip or center. Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2023 The Reliable's anodized aluminum soleplate glides smoothly over fabrics and is also very easy to wipe clean. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 The bestselling iron is affixed with a stainless steel soleplate that's durable and scratch-resistant. Amy Schulman,, 12 June 2022 The extra-perforated soleplate (which the brand claims expels 30% more steam than a model without a pump) is also especially handy for ironing shirts. Janine Henni,, 15 Apr. 2022 The Vitessa has six different temperature settings and its nonstick soleplate makes for a smooth experience when ironing. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 The stainless steel soleplate has over 400 steam holes, allowing the steam to smooth creases without the iron sticking. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Apr. 2022 What's more, the Rowenta is manufactured with an anti-drip system, which stops water from spitting out of the soleplate when the temperature is too low. Janine Henni,, 15 Apr. 2022 The Moccamaster maintains a brewing temperature between 198 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit to give your coffee rich flavor with no bitterness, and its two-stage heating soleplate adjusts to accommodate the amount of coffee in the carafe. Camryn Rabideau, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of soleplate was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Soleplate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


sole·​plate ˈsōl-ˌplāt How to pronounce soleplate (audio)
: a flattened nucleated mass of soft granular protoplasm surrounding the end of a motor nerve in a striated muscle fiber
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