What does plate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. home plate, home base, home, plate(noun)

    (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. plate(noun)

    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

  3. plate(noun)

    a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)

  4. plate(noun)

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

  5. plate, plateful(noun)

    the quantity contained in a plate

  6. plate, crustal plate(noun)

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

  7. plate(noun)

    the thin under portion of the forequarter

  8. plate(noun)

    a main course served on a plate

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

  9. plate(noun)

    any flat platelike body structure or part

  10. plate(noun)

    the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube

  11. plate, photographic plate(noun)

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

  12. plate(noun)

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

  13. plate, collection plate(noun)

    a shallow receptacle for collection in church

  14. plate, scale, shell(noun)

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

  15. denture, dental plate, plate(verb)

    a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

  16. plate(verb)

    coat with a layer of metal

    "plate spoons with silver"


  1. Plate(n.)

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

  2. Plate(n.)

    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. Plate(n.)

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

  4. Plate(n.)

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

  5. Origin: [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(Noun)

    A dish from which food is served or eaten.

    I filled my plate from the bountiful table.

  2. plate(Noun)

    The contents of such a dish.

    I ate a plate of beans.

  3. plate(Noun)

    A course at a meal.

    The meat plate was particularly tasty.

  4. plate(Noun)

    A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.

    A clutch usually has two plates.

  5. plate(Noun)

    A vehicle license plate.

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

  6. plate(Noun)

    A decorative or food service item coated with silver.

    The tea was served in the plate.

  7. plate(Noun)

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

  8. plate(Noun)

    An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.

    We finished making the plates this morning.

  9. plate(Noun)

    An image or copy.

  10. plate(Verb)

    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. plate(Verb)

    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. plate(Verb)

    To perform cunnilingus.

    He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.

  13. plate(Verb)

    To score a run.

    The single plated the runner from second base.

  14. plate(Verb)

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

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

  15. plate(Noun)

    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. plate(Noun)

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

  17. plate(Noun)

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

  18. plate(Noun)

    A foot, from "plates of meat".

    Sit down and give your plates a rest.

  19. plate(Noun)

    Home plate.

    There was a close play at the plate.

  20. plate(Noun)

    A tectonic plate.

  21. plate(Noun)

    Plate armour.

    He was confronted by two knights in full plate.

  22. plate(Noun)

    Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.

  23. plate(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plate(noun)

    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. Plate(noun)

    metallic armor composed of broad pieces

  3. Plate(noun)

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

  4. Plate(noun)

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

  5. Plate(noun)

    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. Plate(noun)

    a piece of money, usually silver money

  7. Plate(noun)

    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. Plate(noun)

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

  9. Plate(noun)

    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. Plate(noun)

    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. Plate(noun)

    a roundel of silver or tinctured argent

  12. Plate(noun)

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

  13. Plate(noun)

    a prize giving to the winner in a contest

  14. Plate(verb)

    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. Plate(verb)

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

  16. Plate(verb)

    to adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness

  17. Plate(verb)

    to beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae

  18. Plate(verb)

    to calender; as, to plate paper

  19. Origin: [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

    I was planning to starting my diet this week, but I have too much on my plate.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 12, 2019  

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. Leapt

  2. Lepta

  3. Patel

  4. Pleat

  5. 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. Emily Dickinson:

    Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.

  2. Lawrence Peter Berra:

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

  3. Ted Williams:

    The inside half of the plate. That's where history's made.

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

    One way to get rid of your weight is to leave it on your plate.

  5. Greece Father Efstratios Dimou:

    We fed 100 people today, we offer them love, a plate of food and hope.

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