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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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Examples from the web for faceplate
  • The navigation system's screen displaces the stereo faceplate, with controls for both functions arrayed around the perimeter.
  • Soon condensation appeared on the faceplate of his helmet.
  • He pushed the faceplate as close to his mouth as he could.
  • The faceplate is then mounted into the wall opening.
  • Purchase stereo systems with a removable faceplate and keep the faceplate with you when the vehicle is not in use.
  • In completed installations each outlet box must have a cover, faceplate, or fixture canopy.
  • When this exception is allowed and exercised a nonconductive faceplate is required.
  • In energized installations each outlet box shall have a cover, faceplate, or fixture canopy.
  • Work outlets shall be flush mounted with faceplate that shall accept four modular jacks.
  • Each tube is attached to the faceplate on the outside of the sphere with small magnets.
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
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