Plate meaning

plāt
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.

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Service and food for one person at a meal.

Dinner at a set price per plate.

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A dish passed among the members of a group or congregation for the collection of offerings.
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A light-sensitive sheet of glass or metal on which a photographic image can be recorded.
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A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
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In wood-frame construction, a horizontal member, capping the exterior wall studs, upon which the roof rafters rest.
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Home plate.
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A thin cut of beef from the brisket.
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A schedule of matters to be dealt with.

Had a lot on my plate at work after vacation.

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To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
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To cover with armor plate.

Plate a warship.

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To make a stereotype or electrotype from.
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To give a glossy finish to (paper) by pressing between metal sheets or rollers.
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To arrange (food) on a plate, as for serving.
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To cause (a run) to be scored or (a runner) to cross home plate, as by a hit.
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A smooth, flat, relatively thin piece of metal or other material.
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A sheet of metal made by beating, rolling, or casting.
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A print of a woodcut, lithograph, etc., esp. when used in a book.
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A full-page book illustration of any kind, printed on paper of a stock different from that of the text.
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A shallow dish, usually circular, from which food is eaten.
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The food in a dish; a course.

A fruit plate.

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Food and service for an individual at a meal.

Dinner at twenty dollars a plate.

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A dish or other container passed in churches, etc. for donations of money.
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A thin cut of beef from the forequarter, just below the short ribs.
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A horizontal wooden girder that supports the trusses or rafters of a roof.
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Any of the slabs making up the earth's crust in plate tectonics.
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The impression surface from which a sheet of postage stamps is printed.
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A sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a film sensitive to light, upon which the image is formed.
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A cast, to be printed from, made from a mold of set type or from a negative prepared as by photocomposition.
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To overlay or coat with gold, silver, tin, etc. by a mechanical, chemical, or electrical process.
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To cover, as with metal plates for protection.
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To make a printing plate of.
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To arrange (food) on a plate, esp. in an attractive or appetizing way.
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To score.

To plate four runs in the top of the first inning.

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A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
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A thin, flat sheet of metal or other material, especially one used as an electrode in a storage battery or capacitor, or as the anode of an electron tube.
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In plate tectonics, one of the sections of the Earth's lithosphere (crust and upper mantle) that is in constant motion along with other sections. It is the interaction of the plates that causes mountains, volcanos, and other land features to form and that causes earthquakes to occur. Six major plates and numerous smaller ones are recognized.
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To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
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A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness.
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Household articles, such as hollowware, covered with a precious metal, such as silver or gold.
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on someone's plate
  • Being, or that is, someone's responsibility.
    A promotion will mean a lot more on my plate.
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step up to the 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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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on someone's plate

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