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1 a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
2 (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score; "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home" [syn: home plate, home base, home]
3 a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
4 dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
5 the quantity contained in a plate [syn: plateful]
6 a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly [syn: crustal plate]
7 the thin under portion of the forequarter
8 a main course served on a plate; "a vegetable plate"; "the blue plate special"
9 any flat platelike body structure or part
10 the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
11 a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded [syn: photographic plate]
12 structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
13 a shallow receptacle for collection in church [syn: collection plate]
14 a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) [syn: scale, shell]
15 a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth [syn: denture, dental plate]
16 the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws; "a catcher needs a lot of protective equipment"; "he plays behind the plate" [syn: catcher] v : coat with a layer of metal; "plate spoons with silver"

User Contributed Dictionary



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



  1. A serving dish or food course.
    We filled our plate from the bountiful table.
  2. A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
    A clutch usually has two plates.
  3. A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  4. An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
    We finished making the plates this morning.
  5. In the context of "printing|photography}} An image or copy.

Extensive Definition

Plate may refer to:
plate in Danish: Plade
plate in German: Plate
plate in French: Plate
plate in Dutch: Prato
plate in Japanese: プレート (曖昧さ回避)
plate in Portuguese: Prato (desambiguação)
plate in Simple English: Plate
plate in Serbian: Плоча (вишезначна одредница)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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