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.
Dinner at a set price per plate.
Had a lot on my plate at work after vacation.
A boiler plate.
A car with Utah plates.
Ate a plate of spaghetti.
Plate a warship.
A fruit plate.
Dinner at twenty dollars a plate.
To plate four runs in the top of the first inning.
- being, or that is, someone's responsibilityA promotion will mean a lot more on my plate.
- to approach, or take one's stance at, home plate
- to take one's turn, willingly accept a challenge, etc.
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Origin of plate
- Middle English from Old French from feminine of plat flat from Vulgar Latin plattus from Greek platus plat- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition