What does plate mean?

Definitions for plate

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word plate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. home plate, home base, home, platenoun

    (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score

    "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"

  2. platenoun

    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

  3. platenoun

    a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)

  4. platenoun

    dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten

  5. plate, platefulnoun

    the quantity contained in a plate

  6. plate, crustal platenoun

    a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly

  7. platenoun

    the thin under portion of the forequarter

  8. platenoun

    a main course served on a plate

    "a vegetable plate"; "the blue plate special"

  9. platenoun

    any flat platelike body structure or part

  10. platenoun

    the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube

  11. plate, photographic platenoun

    a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded

  12. platenoun

    structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage

  13. plate, collection platenoun

    a shallow receptacle for collection in church

  14. plate, scale, shellnoun

    a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

  15. denture, dental plate, plateverb

    a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

  16. plateverb

    coat with a layer of metal

    "plate spoons with silver"


  1. Platenoun

    a quantity sufficient to fill a plate; a plateful; a dish containing that quantity; a plate of spaghetti.

  2. Platenoun

    the food and service supplied to a customer at a restaurant; as, the turkey dinner is $9 a plate; I'll have a plate of spaghetti.

  3. Platenoun

    a flat dish of glass or plastic with a fitted cover, used for culturing microorganisms in a laboratory.

  4. Platenoun

    the identification tag required to be displayed on the outside of a vehicle; same as license plate; -- often used in the plural.


  1. platenoun

    A dish from which food is served or eaten.

    I filled my plate from the bountiful table.

  2. platenoun

    The contents of such a dish.

    I ate a plate of beans.

  3. platenoun

    A course at a meal.

    The meat plate was particularly tasty.

  4. platenoun

    A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.

    A clutch usually has two plates.

  5. platenoun

    A vehicle license plate.

    He stole a car and changed the plates as soon as he could.

  6. platenoun

    A decorative or food service item coated with silver.

    The tea was served in the plate.

  7. platenoun

    A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.

  8. platenoun

    An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.

    We finished making the plates this morning.

  9. platenoun

    An image or copy.

  10. plateverb

    To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.

    This ring is plated with a thin layer of gold.

  11. plateverb

    To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.

    After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.

  12. plateverb

    To perform cunnilingus.

    He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.

  13. plateverb

    To score a run.

    The single plated the runner from second base.

  14. plateverb

    To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.

    Tickets are normally plated on an itinerary's first international airline.

  15. platenoun

    An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.

  16. platenoun

    A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.

  17. platenoun

    A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.

  18. platenoun

    A foot, from "plates of meat".

    Sit down and give your plates a rest.

  19. platenoun

    Home plate.

    There was a close play at the plate.

  20. platenoun

    A tectonic plate.

  21. platenoun

    Plate armour.

    He was confronted by two knights in full plate.

  22. platenoun

    Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.

  23. platenoun

    An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.

  24. Etymology: plate < plata < * < πλατύς.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Platenoun

    Etymology: plate, Dutch; plaque, Fr.

    In his livery
    Walk’d crowns and coronets, realms and islands were
    As plates dropt from his pocket. William Shakespeare.

    Make a plate, and burnish it as they do iron. Francis Bacon.

    A leaden bullet-shot from one of these guns, the space of twenty paces, will be beaten into a thin plate. John Wilkins.

    The censers of these wretches, who could derive no sanctity to them; yet in that they had been consecrated by the offering incense, were appointed to be beaten into broad plates, and fastened upon the altar. Robert South, Sermons.

    Eternal deities!
    Who rule the world with absolute decrees,
    And write whatever time shall bring to pass
    With pens of adamant on plates of brass. Dryden.

    With their force they pierc’d both plate and mail,
    And made wide furrows in their fleshes frail. Fa. Queen.

    They eat on beds of silk and gold,
    And leaving plate,
    Do drink in stone of higher rate. Ben Jonson, Cataline.

    The Turks entered into the trenches so far, that they carried away the plate. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    They that but now for honour and for plate
    Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate. Edmund Waller.

    At your desert bright pewter comes too late,
    When your first course was all serv’d up in plate. King.

    Ascanius this observ’d, and, smiling, said,
    See, we devour the plates on which we fed. Dryden.

  2. To Plateverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The doors are curiously cut through and plated. George Sandys.

    M. Lepidus’s house had a marble door-case; afterwards they had gilded ones, or rather plated with gold. Arbuthnot.

    Plate sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks. William Shakespeare.

    Marshal, ask yonder knight in arms,
    Why plated in habiliments of war? William Shakespeare.

    His goodly eyes,
    That o’er the files and musters of the war,
    Have glow’d like plated Mars. William Shakespeare.

    The bold Ascalonite
    Fled from his lion ramp, old warriours turn’d
    Their plated backs under his heel. John Milton.

    If to fame alone thou dost pretend,
    The miser will his empty palace lend,
    Set wide his doors, adorn’d with plated brass. Dryden.

    If a thinned or plated body, of an uneven thickness, which appears all over of one uniform colour, should be slit into threads of the same thickness with the plate; I see no reason why every thread should not keep its colour. Newton.


  1. plate

    A plate is a flat and usually round or oval dish from which food is eaten or served. It can also refer to a thin piece or type of material used in a variety of ways, such as in construction, machinery, science, or even as a geographical term to describe the large pieces of the Earth's crust.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Platenoun

    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

  2. Platenoun

    metallic armor composed of broad pieces

  3. Platenoun

    domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver

  4. Platenoun

    metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold

  5. Platenoun

    a small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table

  6. Platenoun

    a piece of money, usually silver money

  7. Platenoun

    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

  8. Platenoun

    a page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates

  9. Platenoun

    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

  10. Platenoun

    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

  11. Platenoun

    a roundel of silver or tinctured argent

  12. Platenoun

    a sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light

  13. Platenoun

    a prize giving to the winner in a contest

  14. Plateverb

    to cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping

  15. Plateverb

    to cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense

  16. Plateverb

    to adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness

  17. Plateverb

    to beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae

  18. Plateverb

    to calender; as, to plate paper

  19. Etymology: [OF. plate a plate of metal, a cuirsas, F. plat a plate, a shallow vessel of silver, other metal, or earth, fr. plat flat, Gr. . See Place, n.]


  1. Plate

    A plate is a broad, concave, but mainly flat vessel on which food can be served. A plate can also be used for ceremonial or decorative purposes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plate

    plāt, n. something flat: a thin piece of metal: wrought gold and silver: household utensils in gold and silver: a shallow dish nearly flat: an engraved piece of metal.—v.t. to overlay with a coating of plate or metal: to arm or defend with metal plates: to adorn with metal: to beat into thin plates.—n. Plate′-arm′our, armour of strong metal plates for protecting ships-of-war, &c.—adj. Plā′ted, covered with plates of metal for strength, as ships: covered with a coating of a more precious metal: (zool.) covered with hard scales.—ns. Plate′-fleet (Milt.), vessels used for carrying precious metals; Plate′ful, as much as a plate will hold; Plate′-glass, a fine kind of glass, cast in thick plates, used for mirrors and large shop-windows; Plate′-lay′er, a workman whose occupation it is to lay the rails of a railway and fix them to the sleepers; Plate′-mark, a mark or stamp on gold or silver plate to indicate its purity and the place where it was made; Plate′-pow′der, a composition of rouge and prepared chalk used for cleaning gold and silver plate and plated articles; Plate′-print′ing, the process of printing from engraved plates; Plā′ter, one who plates articles with a coating of gold or silver; Plate′-rack, a frame for holding plates, &c., when not in use; Plate′-warm′er, an apparatus in which plates are warmed before the fire; Plā′ting, the covering of an inferior metal with one of the precious metals: a thin coating of metal on another.—adj. Plā′ty, like a plate.—Half′-plate, in photography, a size of plate measuring 4¾ by 6½ in. (4¼ by 5½ in U.S.); Quar′ter-plate, 3¼ by 4¼ in.; Whole′-plate, 6½ by 8½ in. [O. Fr. plate, fem. of plat, flat—Gr. platys, broad.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. plate

    1. In cartography: a. a printing plate of zinc, aluminum, or engraved copper; b. collective term for all

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plate

    In marine law, refers to jewels, plate, or treasure, for which freight is due. Thus, plate-ship is a galleon so laden.

  2. plate

    Backstay-plate. A piece of iron used instead of a chain to confine the dead-eye of the backstay to the after-channel.--Foot-hook or futtock plates. Iron bands fitted to the lower dead-eyes of the topmast-shrouds, which, passing through holes in the rim of the top, are attached to the upper ends of the futtock-shrouds.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plate

    Metallic armor composed of broad pieces, and thus distinguished from mail.

  2. plate

    To arm with plate or metal for defense. “Why plated in habiliments of war?”

Editors Contribution

  1. plate

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, moderate sizes and styles.

    The plates we bought for the kitchen table when friends come over to eat are beautiful, elegant and stylish.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  


  1. Plate

    any broad flattened piece or sclerite: = squame, in Coccidae.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PLATE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plate is ranked #20512 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plate surname appeared 1,293 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Plate.

    93.1% or 1,204 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 46 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 16 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2606

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2127

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Nouns Frequency: #732

Anagrams for plate »

  1. petal

  2. pelta

  3. patel

  4. leapt

  5. palet

  6. pleat

  7. tepal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of plate in a Sentence

  1. Lawrence Peter Berra:

    He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.

  2. Bill Vaughan:

    The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.

  3. Satchel Paige:

    Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move.

  4. Melvin Upton Jr:

    I was trying to get him on the plate, trying to have a good at-bat, he threw fastballs and kind of left one over the plate a little bit, and I didn't try to do too much with it.

  5. Coming to America:

    Reverend Brown Girl, you look so good, someone ought to put you on a plate and sop you up with a biscuit.

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