(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.

1835–45; face + plate1

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faceplate (ˈfeɪsˌpleɪt)
1.  a perforated circular metal plate that can be attached to the headstock of a lathe in order to hold flat or irregularly shaped workpieces
2.  Also called: surface plate a flat rigid plate used to check the flatness and squareness of the faces of a component
3.  the part of a cathode-ray tube carrying the phosphor screen

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Example sentences
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.
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