- plate [plāt]n.[OFr, flat object < fem. of plat, flat < VL * plattus < Gr platys, broad, flat: see PLATY-]1. a smooth, flat, relatively thin piece of metal or other material2. a sheet of metal made by beating, rolling, or casting3.a) any of the thin sheets of metal, plastic, etc. used in one kind of armor (plate armor)b) such armor4.a) a thin, flat piece of metal on which an engraving is, or is to be, cutb) an impression taken from the engraved metal5. a print of a woodcut, lithograph, etc., esp. when used in a book6. a full-page book illustration of any kind, printed on paper of a stock different from that of the text7.a) dishes, utensils, etc. of silver or gold, collectivelyb) metal dishes, utensils, etc., or any metallic ware, plated with gold or silver8. a shallow dish, usually circular, from which food is eaten9. PLATEFUL10. the food in a dish; a course [a fruit plate]11. food and service for an individual at a meal [dinner at twenty dollars a plate]12. a dish or other container passed in churches, etc. for donations of money13.a) a prize, orig. a gold or silver cup, given to the winner of a race or contestb) a contest, esp. a horse race, for such a prize, rather than for stakes: also called plate race14. PETRI DISH15. a thin cut of beef from the forequarter, just below the short ribs: see BEEF16. Anat. Zool. a thin layer, plate, or scale, as of bone or horny tissue; lamina; scute17. Archit. a horizontal wooden girder that supports the trusses or rafters of a roof18. Baseball short for HOME PLATE19. Dentistrya) that part of an artificial denture which fits to the mouth and holds the teethb) [often pl.] loosely a full set of false teeth20. Elec. ANODE (senses 1 & 2)21. Philately the impression surface from which a sheet of postage stamps is printed22. Photog. a sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a film sensitive to light, upon which the image is formed23. Printing a cast, to be printed from, made from a mold of set type or from a negative prepared as by photocompositionvt.plated, plating1. to overlay or coat with gold, silver, tin, etc. by a mechanical, chemical, or electrical process2. to cover, as with metal plates for protection3. to make a printing plate of
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.