denture, dental plate, plate

(noun) a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth


(noun) dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten

plate, scale, shell

(noun) a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)


(noun) a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

plate, collection plate

(noun) a shallow receptacle for collection in church


(noun) structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage


(noun) a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)

plate, photographic plate

(noun) a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded


(noun) the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube


(noun) any flat platelike body structure or part


(noun) a main course served on a plate; “a vegetable plate”; “the blue plate special”


(noun) the thin under portion of the forequarter

plate, crustal plate

(noun) a rigid layer of the Earth’s crust that is believed to drift slowly

plate, plateful

(noun) the quantity contained in a plate


(verb) coat with a layer of metal; “plate spoons with silver”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


plate (plural plates)

A slightly curved but almost flat dish from which food is served or eaten.

(uncountable) Such dishes collectively.

The contents of such a dish.

A course at a meal.

(figuratively) An agenda of tasks, problems, or responsibilities

A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.

A vehicle license plate.

A taxi permit, especially of a metal disc.

A layer of a material on the surface of something, usually qualified by the type of the material; plating

A material covered with such a layer.

(dated) A decorative or food service item coated with silver or gold.

(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.

(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".

(baseball) Home plate.

(geology) A tectonic plate.

(historical) Plate armour.

(herpetology) Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.

(engineering, electricity) A flat electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.

(engineering, electricity) The anode of a vacuum tube.

(obsolete) Silver or gold, in the form of a coin, or less often silver or gold utensils or dishes (from Spanish plata (“silver”)).

(heraldic charge) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.

A prize given to the winner in a contest.

(chemistry) Any flat piece of material such as coated glass or plastic.

(aviation, travel industry, dated) A metallic card, used to imprint tickets with an airline's logo, name, and numeric code.

(aviation, travel industry, by extension) The ability of a travel agent to issue tickets on behalf of a particular airline.

(Australia) A VIN plate, particularly with regard to the car's year of manufacture.

One of the thin parts of the brisket of an animal.

A very light steel horseshoe for racehorses.

(furriers' slang) Skins for fur linings of garments, sewn together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted.

(hat-making) The fine nap (as of beaver, musquash, etc.) on a hat whose body is made from inferior material.

(music) A record, usually vinyl.


plate (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.

To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.

(baseball) To score a run.

(transitive) To arm or defend with metal plates.

(transitive) To beat into thin plates.

(aviation, travel industry) To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.

(philately) to categorise stamps based on their position on the original sheet, in order to reconstruct an entire sheet.

(philately) (particularly with early British stamps) to identify the printing plate used.

Etymology 2


plate (usually uncountable, plural plates)

Precious metal, especially silver.


• -petal, Patel, leapt, lepta, palet, pelta, petal, pleat, tepal


Proper noun


The River Plate.


• -petal, Patel, leapt, lepta, palet, pelta, petal, pleat, tepal

Source: Wiktionary

Plate, n. Etym: [OF. plate a plate of metal, a cuirsas, F. plat a plate, a shallow vessel of silver, other metal, or earth, fr. plat flat, Gr. Place, n.]

1. A flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal, the thickness of which is small in comparison with the other dimensions; a thick sheet of metal; as, a steel plate.

2. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces. Mangled . . . through plate and mail. Milton.

3. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver.

4. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold.

5. A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table.

6. Etym: [Cf. Sp. plata silver.]

Definition: A piece of money, usually silver money. [Obs.] "Realms and islands were as plates dropp'd from his pocket." Shak.

7. A piece of metal on which anything is engraved for the purpose of being printed; hence, an impression from the engraved metal; as, a book illustrated with plates; a fashion plate.

8. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates.

9. That part of an artificial set of teeth which fits to the mouth, and holds the teeth in place. It may be of gold, platinum, silver, rubber, celluloid, etc.

10. (Arch.)

Definition: A horizontal timber laid upon a wall, or upon corbels projecting from a wall, and supporting the ends of other timbers; also used specifically of the roof plate which supports the ends of the roof trusses or, in simple work, the feet of the rafters.

11. (Her.)

Definition: A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.

12. (Photog.)

Definition: A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light.

13. A prize giving to the winner in a contest.

Note: Plate is sometimes used in an adjectival sense or in combination, the phrase or compound being in most cases of obvious signification; as, plate basket or plate-basket, plate rack or plate- rack. Home plate. (Baseball) See Home base, under Home.

– Plate armor. (a) See Plate, n., 2. (b) Strong metal plates for protecting war vessels, fortifications, and the like.

– Plate bone, the shoulder blade, or scapula.

– Plate girder, a girder, the web of which is formed of a single vertical plate, or of a series of such plates riveted together.

– Plate glass. See under Glass.

– Plate iron, wrought iron plates.

– Plate layer, a workman who lays down the rails of a railway and fixes them to the sleepers or ties.

– Plate mark, a special mark or emblematic figure stamped upon gold or silver plate, to indicate the place of manufacture, the degree of purity, and the like; thus, the local mark for London is a lion.

– Plate paper, a heavy spongy paper, for printing from engraved plates. Fairholt.

– Plate press, a press with a flat carriage and a roller, -- used for printing from engraved steel or copper plates.

– Plate printer, one who prints from engraved plates.

– Plate printing, the act or process of printing from an engraved plate or plates.

– Plate tracery. (Arch.) See under Tracery.

– Plate wheel (Mech.), a wheel, the rim and hub of which are connected by a continuous plate of metal, instead of by arms or spokes.

Plate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plated; p. pr. & vb. n. Plating.]

1. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.

2. To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense. Thus plated in habiliments of war. Shak.

3. To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness.

4. To beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminæ.

5. To calender; as, to plate paper.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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