• WordNet 3.6
    • v plate coat with a layer of metal "plate spoons with silver"
    • n plate a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
    • n plate (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"
    • n plate dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
    • n plate a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
    • n plate a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
    • n plate a shallow receptacle for collection in church
    • n plate structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
    • n plate a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
    • n plate a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
    • n plate the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
    • n plate any flat platelike body structure or part
    • n plate a main course served on a plate "a vegetable plate","the blue plate special"
    • n plate the thin under portion of the forequarter
    • n plate a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
    • n plate the quantity contained in a plate
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate
Detail of Plate Rack Detail of Plate Rack
Dining-Room Plate Rack Dining-Room Plate Rack
The head, on a plate, is on the floor before the king and princess The head, on a plate, is on the floor before the king and princess
plates plates

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • Plate a flat dish of glass or plastic with a fitted cover, used for culturing microorganisms in a laboratory.
    • Plate 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 .
    • Plate (Arch) 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.
    • Plate A page of stereotype, electrotype, or the like, for printing from; as, publisher's plates .
    • Plate 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.
    • Plate A piece of money, usually silver money. "Realms and islands were as plates dropp'd from his pocket."
    • Plate A prize giving to the winner in a contest.
    • Plate a quantity sufficient to fill a plate; a plateful; a dish containing that quantity; a plate of spaghetti.
    • Plate (Her) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
    • Plate (Photog) A sheet of glass, porcelain, metal, etc., with a coating that is sensitive to light.
    • Plate (Baseball) A small five-sided area (enveloping a diamond-shaped area one foot square) beside which the batter stands and which must be touched by some part of a player on completing a run; -- called also home base, or home plate.
    • Plate A small, shallow, and usually circular, vessel of metal or wood, or of earth glazed and baked, from which food is eaten at table.
    • Plate A very light steel racing horsehoe.
    • Plate an agenda or schedule of tasks to be performed; I have a lot on my plate today.
    • Plate Domestic vessels and utensils, as flagons, dishes, cups, etc., wrought in gold or silver.
    • Plate Loosely, a sporting contest for a prize; specif., in horse racing, a race for a prize, the contestants not making a stake.
    • Plate Metallic armor composed of broad pieces. "Mangled . . . through plate and mail."
    • Plate Metallic ware which is plated, in distinction from that which is silver or gold throughout.
    • Plate One of the thin parts of the bricket of an animal.
    • Plate Skins for fur linings of garments, sewed together and roughly shaped, but not finally cut or fitted.
    • Plate 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.
    • Plate (Hat Making) The fine nap (as of beaver, hare's wool, musquash, nutria, or English black wool) on a hat the body of which is of an inferior substance.
    • Plate the food and service supplied to a customer at a restaurant; as, the turkey dinner is $9 a plate ; I'll have a plate of spaghetti.
    • Plate the identification tag required to be displayed on the outside of a vehicle; same as license plate; -- often used in the plural.
    • Plate To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness.
    • Plate To beat into thin, flat pieces, or laminæ.
    • Plate To calender; as, to plate paper.
    • Plate To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.
    • Plate To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense. "Thus plated in habiliments of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Baseball's home plate is 17 inches wide.
    • n plate A sheet of metal of uniform thickness and even surface: as, a plate of gold; a steel plate.
    • n plate A flat piece of metal used to strengthen arms; hence, armor made of sheets of metal, as distinguished from mail or chain-armor. See cut in preceding column.
    • n plate A shallow dish of pottery, porcelain, or metal, on which food is served at table, or from which it is eaten; also, a plateful; a course or portion at table: as, a soup-plate; a fruit-plate; a plate of soup or of fish.
    • n plate Gold or silver dishes and utensils used at table or in the home, including besides dishes other vessels, as cups, flagons, etc., as well as spoons, knives, forks, etc.: as, a sale of the furniture and plate.
    • n plate Articles which have been covered with a plating of precious metal not solid gold or silver; plated ware.
    • n plate A cup or flagon or other article of gold or silver a warded to the winner in a contest, as to the owner of the winning horse or the crew of the winning boat in a race; a “cup.''
    • n plate A beam or piece of timber laid horizontally in a wall to receive the ends of other timbers. The plate for roof-timbers, and also for joists, is called a wall-plate. Compare plat, n., 1.
    • n plate A flat piece of metal, as brass, copper, or steel, on which any representation or inscription is engraved: as, a door-plate; a coffin-Plate; especially, such a piece of metal so engraved for impression on paper, etc.: as, a book-plate; a card-plate; hence, the printed impression from an engraved plate: as, a book illustrated with plates.
    • n plate A duplicate, in one piece of metal, of the face of composed types or woodcuts. Such plates are made by electrotype or stereotype process. Plates of bookpages are about one eighth of an inch thick; plates of newspaper-pages are much thicker.
    • n plate In dentistry, a piece of metal or composition fitted to the mouth and holding the teeth of a denture.
    • n plate In horology, one of the two parallel pieces of metal to which the wheels are pivoted in a watch or clock
    • n plate The flat piece of metal forming the side of the lock of a firearm
    • n plate A flat piece of metal usually forming a part of the bed or bosh of a metallurgical furnace
    • n plate A commonly rectangular piece of glass used in photography to receive the picture.
    • n plate In baseball, the home base.
    • n plate Naul., a bar or band of iron, as in futtockplates, channel-plate, etc.; specifically, in iron ships, the metal which forms part of the strake on the ship's side.
    • n plate Shale of the coal-measures. It is in these strata that the finest specimens of the coal-plants are most frequently found. Also called binds.
    • n plate Plate-glass.
    • n plate The finest quality of pewter.
    • n plate In anat., zoöl., and botany, a plate-like part, organ, or structure; a lamina or lamella; a layer: not specific, the thing indicated being designated by a qualifying term. See cuts under carapace, Coluber, and whalebone.
    • n plate A Spanish money of account. Also called old plate. Eight reals of old plate made the peso de plata, or piaster—that is, the Spanish dollar.
    • plate To arm with platearmor for defense.
    • plate To overlay or coat with silver, gold, or other metal; specifically, to attach a perma nent covering or film of one metal to (the surface of another).—3. To arm of cover (a ship) with armor-plates.—4. To beat into thin flat pieces or laminæ.
    • plate To implant (microorganisms) in a thin layer of gelatin spread upon a glass plate. See plate-culture.
    • n plate In bacteriology, the film of agar-agar or gelatin poured upon a glass plate or into a Petri dish for the purpose of separating specific organisms. See plating, 3. Also called poured plate.
    • n plate A butchers' term for the long, thin cut of beef, weighing usually about 60 pounds, and including the brisket, the navel piece, and the thinner inside piece called the skirt.
    • n plate In geology, a wide area of flat and undisturbed strata.
    • n plate In polychætons annelids, one of the chitinous jaws.
    • n plate In the Brachiopoda, one of the two erect shelly plates which support the teeth of the ventral valve and rest on the bottom of that valve. By their convergence and union they form the spondylium in some species, and this structure may be supported on a single median plate or septum. See spondylium.
    • n plate In dental surgery, a plate of metal, hard rubber, or other material, molded to the shape of the roof of the mouth, which serves as a support for false teeth.
    • n plate Same as buccal shield.
    • n plate A thin coating of silver deposited over the surface of an article made of some other metal.
    • plate In paper-making, to pass a finished or machine-calendered paper through the supplementary rolls called the supercalenders (which see). See also supercalendered.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The distance between the pitcher's rubber and home plate in baseball is 60 feet, 6 inches.
    • n Plate plāt something flat: a thin piece of metal: wrought gold and silver: household utensils in gold and silver: a shallow dish nearly flat: an engraved piece of metal
    • v.t Plate to overlay with a coating of plate or metal: to arm or defend with metal plates: to adorn with metal: to beat into thin plates
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baseball fan is a spectator sitting 500 feet from home plate Who can see better than an umpire standing five feet away.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.”
  • Ted Williams
    Ted Williams
    “God gets you to the plate, but once your there your on your own.”


A lot on my plate - If you have got a lot on your plate, you are very busy and have commitments.
Step up to the plate - If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

Figure 57 (plate IX) is an equatorial plate from one of these.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
They coached noisily, they waited at the plate, they crowded close to the plate and they ran at the ball.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
New work shops were located on shore near Friedrichshafen (Plate 4).
"Zeppelin" by Harry Vissering
The glass should be placed upon a plate.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
A pitcher will try to get a man to hit at a bad ball before he will put it near the plate.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
The small oyster-fork is laid either upon the plate or beside it on the table.
"Dinners and Luncheons" by Paul Pierce
In consequence of this catastrophe, the second number came out with only three plates, and an apology to the public.
"Old Coloured Books" by George Paston
Tilly held the plate in her lap, idly toying with the spoon.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
Salad should be eaten with a knife and fork; it is served on salad plates, which are placed beside the dinner-plates.
"Manners and Rules of Good Society" by Anonymous
Serve on crisp lettuce leaves on gilt-edged plates.
"Suppers" by Paul Pierce
Scratches are made upon the smoked plate, and these reproduce the picture on the original plate.
"Wireless Transmission of Photographs" by Marcus J. Martin
Let us suppose, then, that the caterpillar is under an inverted tumbler that stands on a plate or saucer.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
A chief server then knelt behind the dishes, while several stacks of porcelain plates were placed next to him.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Moreover, this something evidently had the power of penetrating through the walls of the dark-slide to the plate within.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin
I want a plate of candy!
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Some of the plates are on India paper, two are mezzotints, one a private plate, and all are selected impressions.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
The arrangement of the plates, printer's imprint, plate number, etc., is the same as before, for both of the new stamps.
"History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America" by John Kerr Tiffany
I will here teach the making of the beautiful WINGED LARVA, specimens of which are shown in the plate with the May Fly.
"Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c." by William Blacker
Hemphill himself opened the black walnut front door with its silver plated knobs.
"I Walked in Arden" by Jack Crawford
These first plates usually pass twice, for each guest endeavors to induce his neighbor to accept what was sent to him.
"Martine's Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness" by Arthur Martine

In poetry:

See his cold and empty grate,
See his little cottage,
See his cold and empty plate,
He has got no pottage.
"A Nightly Deed" by Charles Madge
Hanging on the Plate fleets' flanks
Like hounds upon the deer,
Roving, raiding, voyaging
Year on weary year.
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
Till the plates that shine about
Close up with a filmy din,
Till the air is frozen out,
And the stars are frozen in.
"To My Mother Earth" by George MacDonald
"There's rattlin' down an' slushin' too,
There's endless shiftin' sail,
An' chippin' plates till all is blue,
Nor that ain't 'arf the tale."
"The Day's Work" by Cicely Fox Smith
In Windsor Palace, 'neath plate and chalice,
The many tables groan:
The Queen has eaten and drunk her fill;
And she thinks (thought cometh, do what you will)
How the children of Famine moan.
"The Royal Bounty" by Ernest Jones
A bit west the Scillies the sky was stormy red;
"Tonight we'll lift Saint Agnes Light if all goes well," we said;
But we met a slinkin' submarine as dark was comin' down,
An' she ripped our rotten plates away an' left us there to drown.
"The Ballad Of The Resurrection Packet" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

It was 50 years ago that MillerCoors (operating as the Adolph Coors Co.) introduced the recyclable aluminum beer can , which replaced tin-plated steel containers that not only gave beer an aftertaste but posed recycling difficulties.
While local food banks are hustling to make sure everyone's plate is full for Thanksgiving dinner, the Kitsap Sun's annual Bellringer campaign is kicking off to help fill their shelves after the holidays.
Phillies' Chase Utley leaps after touching home plate after Utley hit a first-inning.
Oh, and give a couple of Gerald Laird's plate appearances to prospect Alex Avila.
Did he really need to make a video of his new 757 Gold-Plated Fixtures to show us NOPE.
Waco churches' offering plates brimmed in December.
Purchase gives A Brite customers a broader offering of process equipment, chemistry, and controls for plating and waste treatment.
06 To serve, spoon quinoa on a plate and place a salmon fillet on top.
Cut the bok choy into quarters and place two pieces on plate.
To serve, spoon quinoa on a plate and place a salmon fillet on top.
Slice pork, fan 3-4 slices on a plate then top with plums, blackberries and sauce.
Tricky bunt , play at plate have Detroit Tigers limping home.
Joann Thompson, Decorative Artist, does work that includes wedding plates and platters, baby plates, and cups.
Tetra Technologies, Inc, has developed an underdrain plate called Savage Plate for water filtering applications.
Asahi Photoproducts, a supplier of photopolymer printing plates, presented its new AWP water wash plates to the industry.

In science:

This indicates that, to the accuracy of Christensen’s approximation, randomly oriented straight-through plates provide an optimally stiff microstructure.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Here, r is the distance to the plate and κ the inverse Debye length.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
The selective reflection measurements were performed in transmission mode at normal incidence (Shimadzu 3101PC spectrofotometer) for one surface free (made on the quartz plate) or film samples.
General phase diagram for antiferroelectric liquid crystals in dependence on enantiomeric excess
First, the vibration amplitude of the driving plate should be much less than the mean free path of the granulate near the driving plate.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
We here exclude any direct wall slippage and assume the plates to be sufficiently rough for the plate velocity to be equal to the limit velocity in the fluid approaching the plate (no slip velocity).
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
The only null rays which avoid hitting the plates (and hence their presumably large positive energy density) are those which are parallel to the plates.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
One may think that when two plates collide each other the velocity of their front boundaries decreases considerably whereas the whole plates keep their motion, as before.
On the Quantum Aspects of Geophysics
For each ISSA plate we have constructed a larger map (600 × 600 pixels) by mosaicking neighbouring plates.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
The two plates have a very similar power spectrum except at high-k due to the higher angular resolution of the IRIS plate.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
The sampling unit for sector S1 consisted of a 5 mm thick tungsten plate and one 1.8 mm thick quartz plate.
First performance studies of a prototype for the CASTOR forward calorimeter at the CMS experiment
For the electromagnetic section, the W-plates have a thickness of 3 mm and the Q-plates 1.5 mm.
Performance Studies of Prototype II for the CASTOR forward Calorimeter at the CMS Experiment
The situation is very similar when we impose u(δ) = u(d − δ) (plates at the same potential) together with u′ (δ) = u′(d − δ) = 0 (uncharged plates).
The Fractal Structure of Matter and the Casimir Effect
Another issue we would like to discuss is the possibility of considering different geometrical assets of the plates. A typical example is the one of two spherical uncharged conductive plates at short distance d.
The Fractal Structure of Matter and the Casimir Effect
Polarization entanglement is tuned by rotating the pump polarization through a half-wave plate (HWP); a quarter-wave plate (QWP) sets the phase .
Hybrid photonic entanglement: Realization, characterization and applications
The best imaging dataset of this field of view comes from the APM galaxy survey (Maddox et al. 1990), a galaxy catalog digitized from scan plates taken at the UK Schmidt Telescope Unit (UKTSU) using the SERC Automatic Plate Measuring facility in Cambridge.
Quasar induced galaxy formation: a new paradigm ?