WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
fish•plate  (fishplāt′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga metal or wooden plate or slab, bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together.
  2. Rail Transporta joint bar.
  • fish, alteration of French fiche fastening, derivative of ficher to fasten, fix (see fichu) + plate1 1850–55

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fishplate /ˈfɪʃˌpleɪt/ n
  1. a flat piece of metal joining one rail, stanchion, or beam to another

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