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Definitions of plate

  1. the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws; " a catcher needs a lot of protective equipment"; " he plays behind the plate"
  2. a shallow receptacle for collection in church
  3. a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
  4. ( baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score; " he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"
  5. a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
  6. dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
  7. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness ( such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  8. a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
  9. structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
  10. a full- page illustration ( usually on slick paper)
  11. the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
  12. a main course served on a plate; " a vegetable plate"; " the blue plate special"
  13. the quantity contained in a plate
  14. any flat platelike body structure or part
  15. the thin under portion of the forequarter
  16. a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
  17. coat with a layer of metal; " plate spoons with silver"
  18. One of the thin parts of the bricket of an animal.
  19. A very light steel racing horsehoe.
  20. Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not making a stake.
  21. Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces.
  25. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver.
  26. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold.
  27. A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table.
  28. A piece of money, usually silver money.
  29. 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.
  30. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
  34. A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light.
  35. A prize giving to the winner in a contest.
  36. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.
  37. To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense.
  38. To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness.
  39. To beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae.
  40. To calender; as, to plate paper.
  41. 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.
  42. A thin piece or sheet of metal; as, armor plate; a shallow dish from which food is eaten; a piece of metal on which something is engraved; a print made from an engraved metal surface; in photography, a thin sheet of glass treated with chemicals; household articles of gold or silver, as teapots, etc.
  43. To coat with metal; to cover with sheets of metal.
  44. Thin, broad layer of bone.
  45. Something flat: a thin piece of metal: wrought gold and silver: household utensils in gold and silver: a flat dish: an engraved plate of metal.
  46. To overlay with a coating of plate or metal: to adorn with metal: to beat into thin plates.
  47. Thin piece of metal; wrought gold and silver; small dish; engraved plate of metal; engraving.
  48. To coat with metal.
  49. A flat, broad, thin body, as of metal; a dish; metallic surface bearing printed matter or the lines of an engraving.
  50. Plated tableware; silverware.
  51. A flat piece of wrought metal; a shallow vessel; household utensils of gold and silver; a solid page of metal to print from; a flat piece of engraved copper, steel or zinc.
  52. To overlay with metal; to adorn with plate; to beat into thin plates.
  53. A body with a flat and extended surface; a dish; a flat shallow vessel of earthenware, & c., used at table for eating from; a sheet of metal; an engraved flat piece of metal, or the engraving printed from it; articles for domestic use in gold or silver; a prize at a race, as the " Queen's plate"; a mining term for compact beds of shale which break up into thin plates.
  54. To coat with a metal; to overlay or cover.
  55. A flat, broad, plate- like structure or surface; a lamina, scale, disc, etc.
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Usage examples for plate

  1. " Another plate," said my father, sharply. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. " I wonder if I could reach the plate," Mrs. Faulkner said. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  3. None the less, it is good to rest in a clean bed, for a change; and to feed off a clean plate. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  4. Mary had seen this letter among others at her plate, only an hour ago. – Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories by Kathleen Norris
  5. 9 page 12 plate 2 figure 9. Erichs. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  6. When you have the front to push through the plate glass, you see me first. – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  7. One plate she is too clean. – Daughters of Doom by Herbert B. Livingston
  8. " As a matter of fact, Mr. Smart, I do remember this particular marriage very clearly," said he, looking down at his plate. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. As soon as he saw me he ordered a plate which I refused, and rightly too. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  10. The number of the house is forty, Ford told him; the name on the door- plate, Dr. Prothero. – The Lost House by Richard Harding Davis
  11. Fullaway pushed aside his plate. – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  12. Let me take your plate. – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  13. You take a steel ball, for instance, and drop it on a steel plate from a height of three or four feet. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  14. Phil hardly looked up from his book; but he made room for Hugh between himself and another boy, and drew the great plate of bread within reach. – The Crofton Boys by Harriet Martineau
  15. He had been to church three times in a year, and twice he had put a penny in the plate. – Queer Stories for Boys and Girls by Edward Eggleston
  16. Her mother had to order her sharply to finish what was on her plate at breakfast, or she would scarce have eaten. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  17. She ought to have a steel plate forward. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  18. I left two on the plate last night. – Pee-wee Harris by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  19. Say, Joe, get a plate ready for an extra in a hurry; about half a column of stuff going right up. – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  20. But David did not look up from his plate. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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