noun Date: 1766 1. a quantity to fill a plate; also a generous helping 2. a large number or amount <
a plateful of problems

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Plateful — Plate ful, n.; pl. {Platefuls}. Enough to fill a plate; as much as a plate will hold. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plateful — has the plural form platefuls …   Modern English usage

  • plateful — [plāt′fool΄] n. pl. platefuls as much as a plate will hold …   English World dictionary

  • plateful — UK [ˈpleɪtfʊl] / US noun [countable] Word forms plateful : singular plateful plural platefuls the amount of food that a plate will hold a plateful of roast chicken …   English dictionary

  • plateful — plate|ful [ˈpleıtful] n all the food that is on a plate plateful of ▪ a plateful of toast …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plateful — [[t]ple͟ɪtfʊl[/t]] platefuls N COUNT: usu N of n A plateful of food is an amount of food that is on a plate and fills it. ...a greasy plateful of bacon and eggs …   English dictionary

  • plateful — /playt fool/, n., pl. platefuls. 1. the amount that a plate will hold. 2. a large portion or quantity: a plateful of contracts to negotiate. [1760 70; PLATE1 + FUL] Usage. See ful. * * * …   Universalium

  • plateful — plate|ful [ pleıtful ] noun count the amount of food that a plate will hold: a plateful of roast chicken …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plateful — noun The quantity contained on a plate …   Wiktionary

  • plateful — plate·ful || pleɪtfÊŠl n. amount of material that fills a plate …   English contemporary dictionary

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