finger plate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n finger plate a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Finger plate a strip of metal, glass, etc., to protect a painted or polished door from finger marks.
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Usage

In literature:

We had tin plates but no knives or forks so we et with our fingers.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He'd rather have Rachel's little finger than a dozen empty-headed fashion-plates like the girls you admire.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
His fingers quested all over one plate, probing and tapping.
"The Devil's Asteroid" by Manly Wade Wellman
In the first experiment, the somnambule saw a finger upon a plate, which was self-luminous, and seemed to be writing.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
Over the fancy scroll of the gold-plated trigger-guard he passed his fingers lovingly.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He pointed his finger down to the liquor in the plate.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Then he put out his long-taloned hands to a piece of plate opposite and fingered it lovingly.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
If a plate of hot, unbroken biscuit is passed, one may be broken off with the fingers.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Your fingers had unclosed from the plate before hers did.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
Set sherbet cups on plates and serve with lady fingers.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
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In poetry:

No wonder they cry; they did not wait
For a spoon, or knife, or fork, or plate,
But ate with their fingers! ah, how soiled!
Dame Puss declares the mittens are spoiled!
"Miew, miew, miew,
Miew, miew, miew!"
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
And now at my daily work, other mate
Than Jim on the other side of the plate,
I sometimes start with the wish to cry,
"Jim's Whistle, lads, let the train go by."
And often my fingers go up, as if Jim
Were with me, and I were talking to him.
"Jim's Whistle" by Alexander Anderson
Clever workman he was, and handy, too;
Knew at a glance what he had to do;
He was my mate, and 'twas something to see
The finger talk between him and me,
And to hear him laugh to the rest of our mates
When he tried to tickle me over the plates.
"Jim's Whistle" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

When too much isn't even close enough, how about a Grover Norquist finger puppet, or a gold-plated transvaginal ultrasound wand.
Her 5-month-old will next month be supplementing breast milk with whole pieces of vegetables such as broccoli stalks and finger-sized bits of kumara straight from the plate.
The room is dark, tables are set, I can feel the plates under my fingers when I trace my hand, the smell of delicious food makes my mouth water, but the only way to know what I am eating is through tasting it because I am blindfolded.
Stylish kitchenless South Loop bar offering charcuterie and cheese plates, salads, and finger food.
The troll 's long fingers wrap around a concrete covered Volkswagen Beetle, which doesn't deter locals from zipping past on N 36th St The Beetle originally had a California license plate and was rumored to carry an Elvis time capsule.
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