|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|
|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|
|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]|
A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness.
A thin flat layer, part, or structure.
A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
A metal bar applied to a fractured bone in order to maintain the ends in apposition.
The agar layer within a Petri dish or similar vessel.
|plate (plāt) Pronunciation Key
Verb To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
see hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate); have a lot on one's plate.