tie plate


Definition of tie plate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of several narrow plates to space and strengthen deck beams of a ship
2 : a plate to distribute the pressure of a tie (as on a supporting beam)
3 : a metal plate between a railroad rail and tie to assist in holding the rail to line and to protect the tie from mechanical wear


transitive verb

Definition of tie-plate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to furnish (as a railroad track) with tie plates

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“Tie plate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie%20plate. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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