Meaning of 'plate' (Webster Dictionary)
- 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,
- 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.