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Definition of plate:

  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. 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.
  3. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates.
  4. 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.
  5. A piece of money, usually silver money.
  6. A prize giving to the winner in a contest.
  7. A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
  8. A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light.
  9. A small five- sided area ( enveloping a diamond- shaped area one foot square) beside which the batter stands and which must be touched by some part of a player on completing a run; - called also home base, or home plate.
  10. A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table.
  11. A very light steel racing horsehoe.
  12. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver.
  13. Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not making a stake.
  14. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces.
  15. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold.
  16. One of the thin parts of the bricket of an animal.
  17. Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted.
  18. 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.
  19. The fine nap ( as of beaver, hare's wool, musquash, nutria, or English black wool) on a hat the body of which is of an inferior substance.
  20. To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness.
  21. To beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae.
  22. To calender; as, to plate paper.
  23. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.
  24. To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense.


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