[ih-lek-truh-pleyt] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌpleɪt/

verb (used with object), electroplated, electroplating.
to or coat with a metal by electrolysis.
electroplated articles or ware.
(transitive) to plate (an object) by electrolysis
electroplated articles collectively, esp when plated with silver
coated with metal by electrolysis; electroplated
The process of coating the surface of a conducting material with a metal. During the process, the surface to be covered acts as a cathode in an electrolytic cell, and the metal that is to cover it acts as an anode. Electroplating is usually used to cover a less expensive metal with a more expensive metal, or to cover a corrosive metal with a less corrosive or noncorrosive metal.

A process whereby a thin coat of metal is applied to a material. The process involves placing the material to be coated in a solution containing ions of the metal and then passing an electric current through the system, which causes the ions to adhere to the material.


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