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A china plate.

Etymology

Old French plate ← Medieval Latin plata ← Vulgar Latin *plat(t)us ← Medieval Greek πλατύς (broad, flat, wide).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
plate

Plural
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  1. A dish from which food is served or eaten.
    I filled my plate from the bountiful table.
  2. A course at a meal.
    The meat plate was particularly tasty.
  3. A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
    A clutch usually has two plates.
  4. (weightlifting) A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  5. (printing) An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
    We finished making the plates this morning.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An image or copy.
  7. (dentistry) A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
  8. (construction) A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
  9. A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
    The tea was served in the plate.
  10. (Cockney rhyming slang) A foot, from "plates of meat".
    Sit down and give your plates a rest.
  11. (baseball) Home plate.
    There was a close play at the plate.
  12. (geology) A tectonic plate.
  13. (historical) Plate armour.
    He was confronted by two knights in full plate.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to plate

Third person singular
plat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to plate (third-person singular simple present plat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. 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.
  2. To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
    After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.
  3. To perform cunnilingus.
    He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.

Translations

Derived terms


French

Adjective

plate f.

  1. Feminine of plat.

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