Plate definition

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(photography) A light-sensitive sheet of glass or metal on which a photographic image can be recorded.
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(baseball) Home plate.
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(architecture) In wood-frame construction, a horizontal member, capping the exterior wall studs, upon which the roof rafters rest.
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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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Household articles, such as hollowware, covered with a precious metal, such as silver or gold.
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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 thin cut of beef from the brisket.
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(informal) A schedule of matters to be dealt with.

Had a lot on my plate at work after vacation.

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A sheet of hammered, rolled, or cast metal.
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A very thin applied or deposited coat of metal.
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A flat piece of metal forming part of a machine.

A boiler plate.

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A flat piece of metal on which something is engraved.
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A license plate.

A car with Utah plates.

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A thin piece of metal used for armor.
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Armor made of such pieces.
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A sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, paperboard, or other material prepared for use as a printing surface, such as an electrotype or a stereotype.
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A print of a woodcut, lithograph, or other engraved material, especially when reproduced in a book.
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A full-page book illustration, often in color and printed on paper different from that used for text pages.
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A shallow dish in which food is served or from which it is eaten.
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The contents of such a dish.

Ate a plate of spaghetti.

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A whole course served on such a dish.
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A dish, cup, or other article of silver or gold offered as a prize.
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A contest, especially a horserace, offering such a prize.
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A thin flat layer or scale, as that of a fish.
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A platelike part, organ, or structure, such as that covering some reptiles.
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An electrode, as in a storage battery or capacitor.
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The anode in an electron tube.
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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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(printing) 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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(baseball) 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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(anat., zool.) A thin layer, plate, or scale, as of bone or horny tissue; lamina; scute.
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(archit.) 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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(philately) The impression surface from which a sheet of postage stamps is printed.
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(photog.) A sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a film sensitive to light, upon which the image is formed.
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(printing) 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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Any of the thin sheets of metal, plastic, etc. used in one kind of armor (plate armor)
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Such armor.
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A thin, flat piece of metal on which an engraving is, or is to be, cut.
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An impression taken from the engraved metal.
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Dishes, utensils, etc. of silver or gold, collectively.
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Metal dishes, utensils, etc., or any metallic ware, plated with gold or silver.
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A prize, orig. a gold or silver cup, given to the winner of a race or contest.
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A contest, esp. a horse race, for such a prize, rather than for stakes.
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That part of an artificial denture which fits to the mouth and holds the teeth.
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(loosely) A full set of false teeth.
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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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(baseball) To score.

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

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(dentistry) A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
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A thin flat layer or scale, as that of a fish.
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A platelike part, organ, or structure, such as that covering some reptiles.
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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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(dentistry) A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
plate
Plural:
plates

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