plate
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from plate, feminine of plat flat, from Vulgar Latin *plattus, probably from Greek platys broad, flat — more at place Date: 14th century 1. a. a smooth flat thin piece of material b. (1) forged, rolled, or cast metal in sheets usually thicker than 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) (2) a very thin layer of metal deposited on a surface of base metal by plating c. one of the broad metal pieces used in armor; also armor of such plates d. (1) a thin relatively flat anatomical part (as a lamina of bone) of an animal body; especially scute (2) the thin under portion of the forequarter of beef; especially the fatty back part — see beef illustration e. home plate f. any of the large movable segments into which the earth's lithosphere is divided according to the theory of plate tectonics 2. [Middle English; partly from Anglo-French plate plate, bullion; partly from Old Spanish plata silver, from Vulgar Latin *platta metal plate, from feminine of plattus flat] a. obsolete a silver coin b. precious metal; especially silver bullion 3. [Middle English, from Anglo-French plat, plate dish, plate, from plat flat] a. domestic hollowware made of or plated with gold, silver, or base metals b. a shallow usually circular vessel from which food is eaten or served c. (1) a quantity to fill a plate ; plateful (2) a main course served on a plate (3) food and service supplied to one person <
a dinner at $10 a plate
>
d. (1) a prize given to the winner in a contest (2) British a horse race in which the contestants compete for a prize of fixed value rather than stakes e. a dish or pouch passed during collections f. a flat glass or plastic dish used chiefly for culturing microorganisms 4. a. a prepared surface from which printing is done b. a sheet of material (as glass or plastic) coated with a light-sensitive photographic emulsion c. a metallic grid with its interstices filled with active material that forms one of the structural units of a battery d. license plate 5. a horizontal structural member that provides bearing and anchorage especially for the trusses of a roof or the rafters 6. the part of a denture that fits to the mouth; broadly denture 7. a full-page illustration often on different paper from the text pages 8. a schedule of matters to deal with <
have a lot on my plate now
>
platelike adjective II. transitive verb (plated; plating) Date: 14th century 1. to cover or equip with plate: as a. to provide with armor plate b. to cover with an adherent layer mechanically, chemically, or electrically; also to deposit (as a layer) on a surface 2. to make a printing surface from or for 3. to fix or secure with a plate 4. to cause (as a runner) to score in baseball 5. to arrange (food) on a plate

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  • plate — [ plat ] n. f. • 1170; de 1. plat 1 ♦ Archéol. Plaque de métal appliquée sur le haubert; chacune des plaques qui constituent une armure rigide. Armures de plates, d écailles d acier. 2 ♦ (1694) Mar. Embarcation à fond plat servant aux travaux de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Plate — Plate, n. [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. A flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal, the thickness of which is small in comparison… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plate — may refer to: * Plate (dishware) * Plate (structures), a type of foundation * A flat piece of metal used in orthopedics to connect the two parts of a broken bone, such as a dynamic compression plate * Plate armor, body armor made of metal plates… …   Wikipedia

  • plate — 1. (pla t ) s. f. 1°   Coutel à plates, ancien nom d une épée fine et tranchante, un peu plus longue que la dague ordinaire.    Armure à plates, nom donné dans le XIVe siècle aux armures composées de plaques d acier, par opposition aux cottes de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • plate — [plāt] n. [OFr, flat object < fem. of plat, flat < VL * plattus < Gr platys, broad, flat: see PLATY ] 1. a smooth, flat, relatively thin piece of metal or other material 2. a sheet of metal made by beating, rolling, or casting 3. a) any… …   English World dictionary

  • plate — (n.) mid 13c., flat sheet of gold or silver, also flat, round coin, from O.Fr. plate thin piece of metal (late 12c.), from M.L. plata plate, piece of metal, perhaps via V.L. *plattus from Gk. platys flat, broad (see PLACE (Cf. place) (n.)). The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • plate — ► NOUN 1) a flat dish from which food is eaten or served. 2) bowls, cups, and other utensils made of gold or silver. 3) a thin, flat piece of metal used to join or strengthen or forming part of a machine. 4) a small, flat piece of metal bearing a …   English terms dictionary

  • Plate — Plate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plating}.] 1. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plate — [n1] dish or meal served bowl, casserole, course, helping, platter, portion, service, serving, trencher; concepts 459,493 plate [n2] sheet, panel coat, disc, flake, foil, lamella, lamina, layer, leaf, plane, print, scale, slab, slice, spangle,… …   New thesaurus

  • Plate — Plate. См. Пластина. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Plate — (v. holl. plat, platt, flach), eine Sandbank in einer Flußmündung; vgl. Bank …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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