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Definition of Plate


  1. A small five-sided area (enveloping a diamond-shaped area one foot square) beside which the batter stands and which must be touched by some part of a player on completing a run; -- called also home base, or home plate.
  2. One of the thin parts of the bricket of an animal.
  3. A very light steel racing horsehoe.
  4. Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not making a stake.
  5. Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted.
  6. The fine nap (as of beaver, hare's wool, musquash, nutria, or English black wool) on a hat the body of which is of an inferior substance.
  7. A flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal, the thickness of which is small in comparison with the other dimensions; a thick sheet of metal; as, a steel plate.
  8. Metallic armor composed of broad pieces.
  9. Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver.
  10. Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold.
  11. A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table.
  12. A piece of money, usually silver money.
  13. A piece of metal on which anything is engraved for the purpose of being printed; hence, an impression from the engraved metal; as, a book illustrated with plates; a fashion plate.
  14. A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates.
  15. That part of an artificial set of teeth which fits to the mouth, and holds the teeth in place. It may be of gold, platinum, silver, rubber, celluloid, etc.
  16. A horizontal timber laid upon a wall, or upon corbels projecting from a wall, and supporting the ends of other timbers; also used specifically of the roof plate which supports the ends of the roof trusses or, in simple work, the feet of the rafters.
  17. A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
  18. A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light.
  19. A prize giving to the winner in a contest.
  20. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.
  21. To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense.
  22. To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness.
  23. To beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae.
  24. To calender; as, to plate paper.
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Plate Translations

plate in Afrikaans is plak, bord
plate in Danish is tallerken
plate in Dutch is fotografische plaat, plaat
plate in Finnish is lautanen
plate in German is Tafel, Platte, Platte, Blech, Teller, versilbern
plate in Italian is piatto, scudo, lastra
plate in Latin is lanx, patella
plate in Norwegian is tallerken
plate in Portuguese is placa