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[feys-pleyt] /ˈfeɪsˌpleɪt/
(on a lathe) a perforated plate, mounted on the live spindle, to which the work is attached.
the part of a protective headpiece, as a diver's or astronaut's helmet, that covers the upper portion of the face, often of transparent material and sometimes movable.
Also called face. Electronics. the glass front of a cathode ray tube upon which the image is displayed.
a protective plate, as one surrounding an electric outlet or light switch.
Compare switch plate.
Origin of faceplate
1835-45; face + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'd noticed a smeared spot about nose-level on the faceplate of my fishbowl, and now was as good a time as any to get rid of it.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
  • He banged his hand on his faceplate in an unconscious attempt to wipe it off.

    All Day September Roger Kuykendall
  • He stepped through the hot-air curtain and flipped up his faceplate.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A cam of this sort on a drum is shown in the sketch at A, and on a faceplate, at B.

  • In the first place this is a book of problems—25 plates covering spindle, faceplate, and chuck turning.

  • The faceplate should be made by a machinist so that the surface of the face can be turned true.

  • By using a straight dog (B), which is driven by a pin b bolted to the faceplate, all danger from this source is eliminated.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • The casting must be held either in a chuck C or on a faceplate if too large for the chuck.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • An ordinary leather belt lacing L is attached to the work and faceplate while the latter is screwed off a few turns as shown.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • He had his faceplate up and he looked like any other cop, not like my savior.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for faceplate


a perforated circular metal plate that can be attached to the headstock of a lathe in order to hold flat or irregularly shaped workpieces
Also called surface plate. a flat rigid plate used to check the flatness and squareness of the faces of a component
the part of a cathode-ray tube carrying the phosphor screen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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