have my plate


1 [pleyt]
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.
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.
the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth.
the entire denture.
the plate, home plate.
rubber1 ( def 14 ).
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. See diag. under beef.
Geology, crustal plate.
Electronics. one of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge; anode. Abbreviation: P
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.
to forge (a bloom or the like) into a broad piece.
to hammer (cutlery) gently to produce an even surface.
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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French: literally, something flat, noun use of feminine of plat flat1 < Vulgar Latin *plattus, akin to Greek platýs broad, flat

plateless, adjective
platelike, adjective
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plate (pleɪt)
1.  a.  a shallow usually circular dish made of porcelain, earthenware, glass, etc, on which food is served or from which food is eaten
 b.  (as modifier): a plate rack
2.  a.  Also called: plateful the contents of a plate or the amount a plate will hold
 b.  (Austral), (NZ) a plate of cakes, sandwiches, etc, brought by a guest to a party: everyone was asked to bring a plate
3.  an entire course of a meal: a cold plate
4.  any shallow or flat receptacle, esp for receiving a collection in church
5.  flat metal of uniform thickness obtained by rolling, usually having a thickness greater than about three millimetres
6.  a thin coating of metal usually on another metal, as produced by electrodeposition, chemical action, etc
7.  metal or metalware that has been coated in this way, esp with gold or silver: Sheffield plate
8.  dishes, cutlery, etc, made of gold or silver
9.  a sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, etc, having a printing surface produced by a process such as stereotyping, moulding, or photographic deposition
10.  a print taken from such a sheet or from a woodcut, esp when appearing in a book
11.  a thin flat sheet of a substance, such as metal or glass
12.  armour made of overlapping or articulated pieces of thin metal
13.  photog
 a.  a sheet of glass, or sometimes metal, coated with photographic emulsion on which an image can be formed by exposure to light
 b.  (as modifier): a plate camera
14.  an orthodontic device, esp one used for straightening children's teeth
15.  an informal word for denture
16.  anatomy any flat platelike structure or part
17.  a.  a cup or trophy awarded to the winner of a sporting contest, esp a horse race
 b.  a race or contest for such a prize
18.  See also plate tectonics any of the rigid layers of the earth's lithosphere of which there are believed to be at least 15
19.  electronics
 a.  chiefly (US) the anode in an electronic valve
 b.  an electrode in an accumulator or capacitor
20.  a horizontal timber joist that supports rafters or studs
21.  a light horseshoe for flat racing
22.  a thin cut of beef from the brisket
23.  See plate rail
24.  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
25.  archaic a coin, esp one made of silver
26.  on a plate in such a way as to be acquired without further trouble: he was handed the job on a plate
27.  on one's plate waiting to be done or dealt with: he has a lot on his plate at the moment
28.  to coat (a surface, usually metal) with a thin layer of other metal by electrolysis, chemical reaction, etc
29.  to cover with metal plates, as for protection
30.  printing to make a stereotype or electrotype from (type or another plate)
31.  to form (metal) into plate, esp by rolling
32.  to give a glossy finish to (paper) by calendering
33.  to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium
[C13: from Old French: thin metal sheet, something flat, from Vulgar Latin plattus (unattested); related to Greek platus flat]

Plate (pleɪt)
River Plate the English name for the (Río de la) Plata

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "flat sheet of gold or silver," also "flat, round coin," from O.Fr. plate "thin piece of metal" (late 12c.), from M.L. plata "plate, piece of metal," perhaps via V.L. *plattus from Gk. platys "flat, broad" (see place (n.)). The cognate in Sp. (plata) and Port. (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 M.E. 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.
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Medical Dictionary

plate (plāt)

  1. A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness.

  2. A thin flat layer, part, or structure.

  3. A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.

  4. A metal bar applied to a fractured bone in order to maintain the ends in apposition.

  5. The agar layer within a Petri dish or similar vessel.

  6. A sheet of glass or metal that is light-sensitive and on which a photographic image can be recorded.

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.
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plate   (plāt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A thin, flat sheet of metal or other material, especially one used as an electrode in a storage battery or capacitor, or as the anode of an electron tube.

  2. In plate tectonics, one of the sections of the Earth's lithosphere (crust and upper mantle) that is in constant motion along with other sections. It is the interaction of the plates that causes mountains, volcanos, and other land features to form and that causes earthquakes to occur. Six major plates and numerous smaller ones are recognized. See more at tectonic boundary.

Verb   To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
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