- The definition of a plate is a thin, flat and smooth sheet of something.
- An example of a plate is a sheet of metal used for armor.
- An example of a plate is the flat circular dish from which people eat.
- An example of a plate is a sheet of metal onto which an engraving will be placed.
- a smooth, flat, relatively thin piece of metal or other material
- a sheet of metal made by beating, rolling, or casting
- any of the thin sheets of metal, plastic, etc. used in one kind of armor ()
- such armor
- a thin, flat piece of metal on which an engraving is, or is to be, cut
- an impression taken from the engraved metal
- a print of a woodcut, lithograph, etc., esp. when used in a book
- a full-page book illustration of any kind, printed on paper of a stock different from that of the text
- dishes, utensils, etc. of silver or gold, collectively
- metal dishes, utensils, etc., or any metallic ware, plated with gold or silver
- a shallow dish, usually circular, from which food is eaten
- the food in a dish; a course: a fruit plate
- food and service for an individual at a meal: dinner at twenty dollars a plate
- a dish or other container passed in churches, etc. for donations of money
- a prize, orig. a gold or silver cup, given to the winner of a race or contest
- a contest, esp. a horse race, for such a prize, rather than for stakesalso called plate race
- petri dish
- a thin cut of beef from the forequarter, just below the short ribs
- Anat., Zool. a thin layer, plate, or scale, as of bone or horny tissue; lamina; scute
- Archit. a horizontal wooden girder that supports the trusses or rafters of a roof
- Baseball home plate
- that part of an artificial denture which fits to the mouth and holds the teeth
- loosely a full set of false teeth
- Elec. anode (senses & )
- Philately the impression surface from which a sheet of postage stamps is printed
- Photog. a sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a film sensitive to light, upon which the image is formed
- Printing a cast, to be printed from, made from a mold of set type or from a negative prepared as by photocomposition
Origin of plateOld French flat object ; from feminine of plat, flat ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form plattus ; from Classical Greek platys, broad, flat: see platy-
- A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness.
- a. A sheet of hammered, rolled, or cast metal.b. A very thin applied or deposited coat of metal.
- a. A flat piece of metal forming part of a machine: a boiler plate.b. A flat piece of metal on which something is engraved.c. A license plate: a car with Utah plates.
- a. A thin piece of metal used for armor.b. Armor made of such pieces.
- Printing a. A sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, paperboard, or other material prepared for use as a printing surface, such as an electrotype or a stereotype.b. A print of a woodcut, lithograph, or other engraved material, especially when reproduced in a book.c. A full-page book illustration, often in color and printed on paper different from that used for text pages.
- Photography A light-sensitive sheet of glass or metal on which a photographic image can be recorded.
- Dentistry A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
- Architecture In wood-frame construction, a horizontal member, capping the exterior wall studs, upon which the roof rafters rest.
- Baseball Home plate.
- a. A shallow dish in which food is served or from which it is eaten.b. The contents of such a dish: ate a plate of spaghetti.c. A whole course served on such a dish.
- Service and food for one person at a meal: dinner at a set price per plate.
- Household articles, such as hollowware, covered with a precious metal, such as silver or gold.
- A dish passed among the members of a group or congregation for the collection of offerings.
- Sports a. A dish, cup, or other article of silver or gold offered as a prize.b. A contest, especially a horserace, offering such a prize.
- A thin cut of beef from the brisket.
- Biology a. A thin flat layer or scale, as that of a fish.b. A platelike part, organ, or structure, such as that covering some reptiles.
- Electricity a. An electrode, as in a storage battery or capacitor.b. The anode in an electron tube.
- Geology See tectonic plate.
- Informal A schedule of matters to be dealt with: had a lot on my plate at work after vacation.
transitive verbplat·ed, plat·ing, plates
- To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
- To cover with armor plate: plate a warship.
- Printing To make a stereotype or electrotype from.
- To give a glossy finish to (paper) by pressing between metal sheets or rollers.
- To arrange (food) on a plate, as for serving: “a choice of starters, entrées, and desserts plated just as they will appear when ordered” (John Edward Young).
- Baseball To cause (a run) to be scored or (a runner) to cross home plate, as by a hit.
Origin of plateMiddle English, from Old French, from feminine of plat, flat, from Vulgar Latin *plattus, from Greek platus; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
- A flat dish from which food is served or eaten.
- I filled my plate from the bountiful table.
- (uncountable) Such dishes collectively.
- The contents of such a dish.
- I ate a plate of beans.
- A course at a meal.
- The meat plate was particularly tasty.
- (figuratively) An agenda of tasks, problems, or responsibilities
- With revenues down and transfer payments up, the legislature has a full plate.
- A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
- A clutch usually has two plates.
- A vehicle license plate.
- He stole a car and changed the plates as soon as he could.
- A layer of a material on the surface of something, usually qualified by the type of the material; plating
- The bullets just bounced off the steel plate on its hull.
- A material covered with such a layer.
- If you're not careful, someone will sell you silverware that's really only silver plate.
- (dated) A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
- The tea was served in the plate.
- (weightlifting) A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
- (printing) An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
- We finished making the plates this morning.
- (printing, photography) An image or copy.
- (printing, publishing) An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.
- (dentistry) A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
- (construction) A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) A foot, from "plates of meat".
- Sit down and give your plates a rest.
- (baseball) Home plate.
- There was a close play at the plate.
- (geology) A tectonic plate.
- (historical) Plate armour.
- He was confronted by two knights in full plate.
- (herpetology) Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.
- (engineering, electricity) An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.
- (engineering, electricity) The anode of a vacuum tube.
- Regulating the oscillator plate voltage greatly improves the keying.
- (heraldry) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
- A prize given to the winner in a contest.
(third-person singular simple present plates, present participle plating, simple past and past participle plated)
- To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
- This ring is plated with a thin layer of gold.
- To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
- After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.
- To perform cunnilingus.
- He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
- (baseball) To score a run.
- The single plated the runner from second base.
- (aviation, travel industry) To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.
- Tickets are normally plated on an itinerary's first international airline.
(usually uncountable, plural plates)
- Precious metal, especially silver.
- The River Plate.
See "River Plate".