Definitions for plate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word plate.
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"
a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
the quantity contained in a plate
plate, crustal platenoun
a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
the thin under portion of the forequarter
a main course served on a plate
"a vegetable plate"; "the blue plate special"
any flat platelike body structure or part
the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
plate, photographic platenoun
a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
plate, collection platenoun
a shallow receptacle for collection in church
plate, scale, shellnoun
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
denture, dental plate, plateverb
a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
coat with a layer of metal
"plate spoons with silver"
a quantity sufficient to fill a plate; a plateful; a dish containing that quantity; a plate of spaghetti.
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.
a flat dish of glass or plastic with a fitted cover, used for culturing microorganisms in a laboratory.
the identification tag required to be displayed on the outside of a vehicle; same as license plate; -- often used in the plural.
A dish from which food is served or eaten.
I filled my plate from the bountiful table.
The contents of such a dish.
I ate a plate of beans.
A course at a meal.
The meat plate was particularly tasty.
A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
A clutch usually has two plates.
A vehicle license plate.
He stole a car and changed the plates as soon as he could.
A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
The tea was served in the plate.
A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
We finished making the plates this morning.
An image or copy.
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.
To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.
To perform cunnilingus.
He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
To score a run.
The single plated the runner from second base.
To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.
Tickets are normally plated on an itinerary's first international airline.
An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.
A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
A foot, from "plates of meat".
Sit down and give your plates a rest.
There was a close play at the plate.
A tectonic plate.
He was confronted by two knights in full plate.
Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.
An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.
Etymology: plate < plata < * < πλατύς.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
metallic armor composed of broad pieces
domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver
metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is genuine silver or gold
a small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table
a piece of money, usually silver money
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
a page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates
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
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
a roundel of silver or tinctured argent
a sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light
a prize giving to the winner in a contest
to cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping
to cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense
to adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness
to beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminae
to calender; as, to plate paper
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.]
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
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. In cartography: a. a printing plate of zinc, aluminum, or engraved copper; b. collective term for all
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
In marine law, refers to jewels, plate, or treasure, for which freight is due. Thus, plate-ship is a galleon so laden.
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
Metallic armor composed of broad pieces, and thus distinguished from mail.
To arm with plate or metal for defense. “Why plated in habiliments of war?”
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
any broad flattened piece or sclerite: = squame, in Coccidae.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2606
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2127
Rank popularity for the word 'plate' in Nouns Frequency: #732
The numerical value of plate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of plate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.
The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move.
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.
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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Translations for plate
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- мі́ска, тале́ркаBelarusian
- platCatalan, Valencian
- talíř, štoček, chod, štítek, pokrýt, naložitCzech
- Teller, Platte, Nummernschild, Gang, Kennzeichen, Druckstock, überziehenGerman
- πιάτο, ασημένιο σερβίτσιο, μασέλα, έλασμα, λιθογράφημα, κλισέGreek
- armadura, plato, placa, lámina, matrícula, grabado, chaparSpanish
- plaat, taldrikEstonian
- بشقاب, پلاکPersian
- lautanen, levy, painolaatta, painolevy, päällystääFinnish
- assiette, plat, plaque minéralogique, planche, plaque, plaque d'immatriculation, dentier, armure de plates, plaquerFrench
- pláta, plátáilIrish
- soitheach, clàr, mias, truinnsear, lannScottish Gaelic
- պնակ, ափսեArmenian
- piring, pingganIndonesian
- piatto, lamella, targa, portata, placca, scodellare, placcare, servire in un piatto, guarnire, laminareItalian
- თეფში, საინიGeorgian
- табақ, тамақ, тәрелкеKazakh
- тарелка, талиңкеKyrgyz
- patina, patella, scutella, catillusLatin
- šķīvis, plāksneLatvian
- pereti, paetaraMāori
- плоча, чи́нија, табличка, та́нирMacedonian
- dienblad, plaat, bordDutch
- asjett, brett, tallerken, rett, plate, trykkplate, legge opp, plettereNorwegian
- prato, placaPortuguese
- блю́дце, пластина, табличка, анод, шильдик, пластинка, таре́лка, ми́ска, блю́до, номерной знак, плитаRussian
- тањир, tanjirast, tanjur, pločastSerbo-Croatian
- platta, anod, fat, tallrikSwedish
- табақ, бушқоб, табақчаTajik
- tarelka, tabak, tarýelkaTurkmen
- plato, pingganTagalog
- тарі́лка, ми́скаUkrainian
- likopcha, lagan, tarelka, likopUzbek
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