WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
plate1 /pleɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  plat•ed, plat•ing. 
n. 
  1. a shallow dish from which food is eaten:[countable]He took a plate and filled it with food.
  2. the contents of such a dish;
    plateful:[countable]Finish your plate before you have dessert.
  3. the food and service for one person:[countable]a benefit dinner at $100 a plate.
  4. [uncountable]
    • household dishes, utensils, etc., of metal covered with a thin layer of gold or silver.
  5. [countable] a dish used for collecting offerings, as in a church.
  6. Metallurgy a thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, esp. of uniform thickness:[countable]He opened a small plate on the side of the robot.
  7. a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be engraved:[countable]He had a plate on the door of his office with his name and title.
  8. Printing[countable] a sheet on which something has been engraved, to be inked and used in a press for printing impressions.
  9. [countable] a printed impression from such a piece, as a woodcut.
  10. [countable] a full-page illustration in a book, esp. on paper different from the text pages.
  11. Dentistry[countable]
    • the part of a denture that is the same shape as the mouth and contains the teeth.
  12. Geology[countable] a rigid section of the earth's crust that causes continental drift when it moves.

v. [+ object]
  1. Metallurgyto coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, etc.
  2. Metallurgyto cover with metal plates for protection:The new tank was plated with six-inch-thick armor.
plat•ed, adj. : gold-plated silverware.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
plate1  (plāt),USA pronunciation n., v.,  plat•ed, plat•ing. 
n. 
  1. a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten.
  2. the contents of such a dish;
    plateful.
  3. an entire course of a meal served on such a dish:I had the vegetable plate for lunch.
  4. the food and service for one person, as at a banquet, fund-raising dinner, or the like:The wedding breakfast cost $20 a plate.
  5. household dishes, utensils, etc., of metal plated with gold or silver.
  6. household dishes, utensils, etc., made of gold or silver.
  7. a dish, as of metal or wood, used for collecting offerings, as in a church.
  8. Metallurgya thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, esp. of uniform thickness.
  9. Metallurgymetal in such sheets.
  10. a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be or is engraved.
  11. See  license plate. 
  12. Printinga 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.
  13. a printed impression from such a piece or from some similar piece, as a woodcut.
  14. a full-page illustration in a book, esp. an insert on paper different from the text pages.
  15. Heraldrya piece of armor made from a thin, flat piece or several such pieces of tough material, esp. wrought iron or steel.
  16. Heraldryarmor composed of thin, flat pieces;
    plate armor.
  17. Dentistry
    • the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth.
    • the entire denture.
  18. Sport[Baseball.]
    • the plate. See  home plate. 
    • rubber1 (def. 14).
  19. See  plate glass. 
  20. Photographya sheet of glass, metal, etc., coated with a sensitized emulsion, used for taking a photograph.
  21. Anatomy, Zoologya platelike part, structure, or organ.
  22. Fooda thin piece or cut of beef from the lower end of the ribs. See diag. under  beef. 
  23. GeologySee  crustal plate. 
  24. Electronics, Electricityone of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge;
    anode. Abbr.: P
  25. Building[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.
  26. Sporta gold or silver cup or the like awarded as the prize in a horse race or some other contest.
  27. Sporta horse race or some other contest for such a prize.
  28. Heraldrya rounded argent.
  29. Idiomshave 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.

v.t. 
  1. Metallurgyto coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means.
  2. Metallurgyto cover or overlay with metal plates for protection.
  3. Metallurgy
    • to forge (a bloom or the like) into a broad piece.
    • to hammer (cutlery) gently to produce an even surface.
  4. Printingto make a stereotype or electrotype plate from (type).
  5. Printing[Papermaking.]to give a high gloss to (paper), as on supercalendered paper.
plateless, adj. 
platelike′, adj. 
  • Vulgar Latin *plattus, akin to Greek platýs broad, flat
  • Old French: literally, something flat, noun, nominal use of feminine of plat flat1
  • Middle English 1250–1300

plate2  (plāt),USA pronunciation n. [Obs.]
  1. Currencya coin, esp. of silver.
  • Old French; special use of plate plate1
  • Middle English 1200–50


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plate /pleɪt/ n
  1. a shallow usually circular dish made of porcelain, earthenware, glass, etc, on which food is served or from which food is eaten
  2. (as modifier): a plate rack
  3. Also called: plateful the contents of a plate or the amount a plate will hold
  4. Austral NZ a plate of cakes, sandwiches, etc, brought by a guest to a party: everyone was asked to bring a plate
  5. an entire course of a meal: a cold plate
  6. any shallow or flat receptacle, esp for receiving a collection in church
  7. flat metal of uniform thickness obtained by rolling, usually having a thickness greater than about three millimetres
  8. a thin coating of metal usually on another metal, as produced by electrodeposition, chemical action, etc
  9. metal or metalware that has been coated in this way, esp with gold or silver: Sheffield plate
  10. dishes, cutlery, etc, made of gold or silver
  11. a sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, etc, having a printing surface produced by a process such as stereotyping, moulding, or photographic deposition
  12. a print taken from such a sheet or from a woodcut, esp when appearing in a book
  13. a thin flat sheet of a substance, such as metal or glass
  14. armour made of overlapping or articulated pieces of thin metal
  15. a sheet of glass, or sometimes metal, coated with photographic emulsion on which an image can be formed by exposure to light
  16. an orthodontic device, esp one used for straightening children's teeth
  17. an informal word for denture
  18. any flat platelike structure or part
  19. a cup or trophy awarded to the winner of a sporting contest, esp a horse race
  20. a race or contest for such a prize
  21. any of the rigid layers of the earth's lithosphere of which there are believed to be at least 15
  22. chiefly US the anode in an electronic valve
  23. a horizontal timber joist that supports rafters or studs
  24. a light horseshoe for flat racing
  25. Also called: Communion plate a flat plate held under the chin of a communicant in order to catch any fragments of the consecrated Host
  26. on a platein such a way as to be acquired without further trouble: he was handed the job on a plate
  27. on one's platewaiting to be done or dealt with
vb (transitive)
  1. to coat (a surface, usually metal) with a thin layer of other metal by electrolysis, chemical reaction, etc
  2. to cover with metal plates, as for protection
  3. to make a stereotype or electrotype from (type or another plate)
  4. to form (metal) into plate, esp by rolling
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French: thin metal sheet, something flat, from Vulgar Latin plattus (unattested); related to Greek platus flat



Plate /pleɪt/ n
  1. River Plate
    the English name for the (Río de la) Plata



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Collocations: plate [the ring, the railing, a watch], a [dinner, side, serving] plate, plate [tectonics, shift], more...

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