a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten.
the contents of such a dish; plateful.
an entire course of a meal served on such a dish:
I had the vegetable plate for lunch.
the food and service for one person, as at a banquet, fund-raising dinner, or the like:
The wedding breakfast cost $20 a plate.
household dishes, utensils, etc., of metal plated with gold or silver.
household dishes, utensils, etc., made of gold or silver.
Also called collection plate. a dish, as of metal or wood, used for collecting offerings, as in a church.
a thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, especially of uniform thickness.
metal in such sheets.
a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be or is engraved.
a flat or curved sheet of metal, plastic, glass, or similar hard material, on which a picture or text has been engraved, etched, molded, photographically developed, or drawn, that is inked, as in a press, for printing impressions on other surfaces.
a printed impression from such a piece or from some similar piece, as a woodcut.
a full-page illustration in a book, especially an insert on paper different from the text pages.
a piece of armor made from a thin, flat piece or several such pieces of tough material, especially wrought iron or steel.
armor composed of thin, flat pieces; plate armor.
Photography. a sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a sensitized emulsion, used for taking a photograph.
Anatomy, Zoology. a platelike part, structure, or organ.
a thin piece or cut of beef from the lower end of the ribs.
Electronics. one of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge; anode.
Carpentry. any of various horizontal timbers or boards laid flat across the heads of studding, upon floors, etc., to support joists, rafters, or studs at or near their ends.
a gold or silver cup or the like awarded as the prize in a horse race or some other contest.
a horse race or some other contest for such a prize.
Heraldry. a rounded argent.
verb (used with object), plated, plating.
to coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means.
to cover or overlay with metal plates for protection.
Printing. to make a stereotype or electrotype plate from (type).
Papermaking. to give a high gloss to (paper), as on supercalendered paper.
have on one’s plate, Informal. to have as an immediate task, obligation, or prospect:
I had too much on my plate already to take on another task.
an entire course of a meal: a cold plate
any shallow or flat receptacle, esp for receiving a collection in church
flat metal of uniform thickness obtained by rolling, usually having a thickness greater than about three millimetres
a thin coating of metal usually on another metal, as produced by electrodeposition, chemical action, etc
metal or metalware that has been coated in this way, esp with gold or silver: Sheffield plate
dishes, cutlery, etc, made of gold or silver
a sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, etc, having a printing surface produced by a process such as stereotyping, moulding, or photographic deposition
a print taken from such a sheet or from a woodcut, esp when appearing in a book
a thin flat sheet of a substance, such as metal or glass
armour made of overlapping or articulated pieces of thin metal
an orthodontic device, esp one used for straightening children’s teeth
an informal word for denture (sense 1)
(anatomy) any flat platelike structure or part
any of the rigid layers of the earth’s lithosphere of which there are believed to be at least 15 See also plate tectonics
a horizontal timber joist that supports rafters or studs
a light horseshoe for flat racing
a thin cut of beef from the brisket
See plate rail
(RC Church) Also called Communion plate. a flat plate held under the chin of a communicant in order to catch any fragments of the consecrated Host
(archaic) a coin, esp one made of silver
on a plate, in such a way as to be acquired without further trouble: he was handed the job on a plate
on one’s plate, waiting to be done or dealt with: he has a lot on his plate at the moment
to coat (a surface, usually metal) with a thin layer of other metal by electrolysis, chemical reaction, etc
to cover with metal plates, as for protection
(printing) to make a stereotype or electrotype from (type or another plate)
to form (metal) into plate, esp by rolling
to give a glossy finish to (paper) by calendering
to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium
River Plate, the English name for the (Río de la) Plata
mid-13c., “flat sheet of gold or silver,” also “flat, round coin,” from Old French plate “thin piece of metal” (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin plata “plate, piece of metal,” perhaps via Vulgar Latin *plattus, formed on model of Greek platys “flat, broad” (see plaice (n.)). The cognate in Spanish (plata) and Portuguese (prata) has become the usual word for “silver,” superseding argento via shortening of *plata d’argento “plate of silver, coin.” Meaning “table utensils” (originally of silver or gold only) is from Middle English. Meaning “shallow dish for food,” now usually of china or earthenware, originally of metal or wood, is from mid-15c. Baseball sense is from 1857. Geological sense is first attested 1904; plate tectonics first recorded 1969. Plate-glass first recorded 1727.
late 14c., from plate (n.). Related: Plated; plating.
v. plat·ed, plat·ing, plates
To form a very thin layer of a bacterial culture by streaking it on the surface of agar to isolate individual organisms from which a colonial clone will develop.
Verb To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
have one’s hands full, home plate, off one’s plate
[pleyt-mey-ker] /ˈpleɪtˌmeɪ kər/ noun, Printing. 1. a machine that makes used for reproducing illustrations or printed matter, especially halftone or etched illustrations. 2. the operator of such a machine.
/ˈpleɪtˌmɑːk/ noun, verb 1. another name for hallmark (sense 1), hallmark (sense 4)
noun 1. . 2. a mark made on paper by the edge of an intaglio plate during printing.
[plat-n] /ˈplæt n/ noun 1. a flat plate in a printing press for pressing the paper against the inked type or plate to produce an impression. 2. a rotating cylinder used for the same purpose. 3. the roller of a typewriter. 4. (on a planing machine or the like) the bed to which the work […]