noun Date: 1855 a steel plate used to lap a butt joint

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  • fishplate — [fish′plāt΄] n. [prob. < Fr fiche, means of fixing < ficher, to fix < OFr fichier < VL * figicare, intens. for L figere: see FIX] a wood or metal piece used to fasten together two timbers, railroad rails, etc. that meet end to end …   English World dictionary

  • Fishplate — This article relates to the connection bar used in railways. For the type of Greek pottery, see Fish plate. plate that slips onto both rails to provide the functions of maintaining alignment and electrical continuity. HistoryThe device was… …   Wikipedia

  • fishplate — 1) one of the plates of a fish joint, q.v. Strengthens a joint by overlapping, e.g. a flat piece of metal connecting railway rails to the ties or connecting pieces of masonry 2) the perforated drainage grid of a fish kettle, q.v …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fishplate — /fish playt /, n. 1. a metal or wooden plate or slab, bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together. 2. Railroads Now Rare. a joint bar. [1850 55; fish, alter. of F fiche fastening, deriv. of ficher to fasten, fix (see… …   Universalium

  • fishplate — noun A metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track …   Wiktionary

  • fishplate — noun 1》 a flat piece of metal used to connect adjacent rails in a railway track. 2》 a flat piece of metal with ends like a fish s tail, used to position masonry …   English new terms dictionary

  • fishplate — fish·plate …   English syllables

  • fishplate — fish•plate [[t]ˈfɪʃˌpleɪt[/t]] n. bui a metal or wooden plate or slab bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together • Etymology: 1850–55; fish < F fiche fix (see fichu) +plate …   From formal English to slang

  • fishplate — /ˈfɪʃpleɪt/ (say fishplayt) noun one of the splicing plates used in a fishjoint …   Australian English dictionary

  • fishplate — noun metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams • Hypernyms: ↑plate …   Useful english dictionary

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