• WordNet 3.6
    • n plating the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis)
    • n plating a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface
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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
Book-plate of Samuel Pepys Book-plate of Samuel Pepys

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • Plating A coating or defensive armor of metal (usually steel) plates.
    • Plating A thin coating of metal laid upon another metal.
    • Plating The art or process of covering anything with a plate or plates, or with metal, particularly of overlaying a base or dull metal with a thin plate of precious or bright metal, as by mechanical means or by electro-magnetic deposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Baseball's home plate is 17 inches wide.
    • n plating The art or operation of covering articles with a thin coating or film of metal, especially of overlaying articles made of the baser metals with a thin coating of gold, silver, or nickel. It is effected in various ways; sometimes the platingmetal is attached to and rolled out with the other metal by pressure; sometimes the one metal is precipitated from its solution upon the other, electrochemical decomposition being now much employed for this purpose. See electrotype.
    • n plating A thin coating of one metal laid upon another.
    • n plating In bacterial., the pouring of liquefied gelatin or agar-agar containing a mixed culture of bacteria upon a glass plate or into a Petri dish, where the medium hardens and thus permits the isolation of specific organisms. Also plating-out.
    • n plating In iron ship-building, the plates, collectively, arranged in strakes covering any part: as, side-plating, the plates forming the outer skin of the vessel above the turn of the bilge; bottom-plating, the plates forming the outer bottom of a vessel below the turn of the bilge; deck-plating, the covering of the deck-beams, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The distance between the pitcher's rubber and home plate in baseball is 60 feet, 6 inches.
    • Plating the covering of an inferior metal with one of the precious metals: a thin coating of metal on another
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  • 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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plate, fem. of plat, flat—Gr. platys, broad.


In literature:

It will be seen that we can place the top plate of a full-plate movement in the device shown at Fig.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
Chafing-plates of steps and brackets.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The gravity plates were being set to the new positions: We were on our new course.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
There are both colored and plain plates.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
From the pitcher's box a lanky individual was trying to locate the plate.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Res.,' where at page 54 will be found a plate of the skull showing the powerful canine teeth.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Comparing Plates 42 and 43 with Plates 1 and 2, the resemblance is found to be so strong as to lead to the belief that they belong together.
"Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices" by Cyrus Thomas
Forty-one Illustrations, #Five Coloured Plates, and Four Plates showing Eleven Dyed Specimens of Fabrics#.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
The fetiches in question (Plate III) represent, with two exceptions, the same species of prey animals as those supposed to guard the six regions.
"Zuñi Fetiches" by Frank Hamilton Cushing
La Dance Machabre, or Death's Duell, by W. C. With engraved Frontispiece by Cecil, and Plate.
"Notes and Queries, Number 185, May 14, 1853" by Various
As I am inclined to believe the author of the plate adopted this order I shall use and refer to this table in speaking of these groups.
"Notes on Certain Maya and Mexican Manuscripts" by Cyrus Thomas
Porter disposed of Harry Bryan without trouble, and Will Scott took his place at the plate.
"The Lucky Seventh" by Ralph Henry Barbour
One is in the top right of the plate and two are in the upper left of the lower figure on the same plate.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
On the completion of the series, the plates were to be bound in 4 vols.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
The footnote occurs under the explanation of plates in the second volume.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
The plates were found unfinished, with their faces turned to the wall.
"Dickens and His Illustrators" by Frederic G. Kitton
When well set the end plates and offset plates are removed but the vase mold and the case are left attached together.
"The Potter's Craft" by Charles F. Binns
Designed by English illuminators of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the initials on this Plate must be separately described.
"Lessons in the Art of Illuminating" by W. J. Loftie
Examples of plated instruments are not uncommon.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
The next point that we may call attention to is the plate to be employed.
"The Barnet Book of Photography" by Various

In poetry:

Yet his plate-jack was braced, and his helmet was laced,
And his vaunt-brace of proof he wore;
At his saddle-gerthe was a good steel sperthe,
Full ten pound weight and more.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
Blue breathing Night, down from her styptick noon,
Makes her young ice; the pools all plated gleam.
Bold speed defies her: down the dashing stream
Flashes the shattered moon.
"Song The Second" by Thomas Aird
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
Let fort after fort darkly frown on the steep—
Let steel-plated Warriors keep guard on the deep;
Let Armstrong's dread thunders incessantly roar,
And his dark tubes of death vomit flame on our shore.
"British Volunteers" by Janet Hamilton
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
As before in heartless glamour The festive world shines on.
And its lifeless skeleton It silver-plates and gilds;
But still the ocean's mighty tides
Can drive man to distraction,
From roaring waves he turns His soul a brim with yearning!
"Last Poet" by Evgeny Abramovich Baratynsky

In news:

Delicate Arch » Seeing this iconic arch , perhaps the most famous in the world, on Utah license plates does not count.
Pumpkin spice lattes, leaves falling from the trees, snuggly scarves and the Yankees at the plate can only mean one thing: postseason baseball.
Expect to see Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner bunting at the plate this… (Sipkin/News ).
Residue from 2,500-year-old plates shows the Maya used cacao as a condiment on food.
A calibration facility has the equipment and factory setting providing the optimum conditions for proper plate calibration and rework if necessary.
Small plates include stuffed eggplant and turnip cake.
Two new license plates were unveiled today by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and both feature the - 11:00 am.
Only the courageous take on a 750-plate dinner gig with an ever-greater set of guest expectations.
The Tuesday Night Wine Series is back this week at Cavey 's, with five wines and five small plates for $25.
Novelty picnic plate or platter.
This plate is a little underexciting.
As Beltre stepped to the plate in the ninth against Tyson Ross (2-11).
Cato Gold Star mom gets copy of cherished license plates.
District of Columbia $ 52/25 The District of Columbia does not issue license plates specifically designated as amateur radio plates .

In science:

This corresponds to an optical wavelength of 5 µm, which implies that for plate separations significantly larger than this, and of course for ω → 0, the plates must be treated as good conductors.
The Low-Frequency Character of the Thermal Correction to the Casimir Force between Metallic Films
In the limit that the plates are thin films of thickness δ , the skin depth, we can assume that the plates are infinitely thick and the problem is considerably simplified.
The Low-Frequency Character of the Thermal Correction to the Casimir Force between Metallic Films
The force between a molecule and a plate has been measured by Sukenik et al. , who actually verified the force between a molecule and two plates at the roughly 10% level.
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
As we will discuss in the next section, to avoid problems of parallelism, most recent experiments to measure the force between conductors have not been made between parallel plates, but between a plate and a spherical surface, or between crossed cylinders.
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
However, in the 1930s, it was recognized that if the separation between the sphere and the plate is very small compared to the radius of curvature of the sphere, the latter force may be derived from the force for the parallel plate configuration.
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
Indeed, the attraction force between plates of condenser which is caused by Casimir effect is the derivative of sum of photon zero-point energies with respect to distance between plates.
The Dynamic Quantization of Gravity and the Cosmological Constant Problem
One way this might be done is with electrons moving parallel to a finite plate and crossing the edge of the plate at t = 0.
Vacuum fluctuations and Brownian motion of a charged test particle near a reflecting boundary
While the magnitudes vary significantly from plate to plate, by up to ∼2 magnitudes, they do so in a reasonably consistent manner.
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
Combining the two field star data sets for the 90 plates gives plate magnitudes for 19 stars ranging from B∼9 to ∼13, which forms the basis of our present study.
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
Although the zero points change significantly from plate to plate, by nearly 2 magnitudes, the magnitude differences remained much more consistent.
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
In fact, we cannot estimate a distance for L 408-087 because it is blended on several plates, precluding reliable plate magnitudes.
The Solar Neighborhood XV: Discovery of New High Proper Motion Stars with mu >= 0.4"/yr between Declinations -47 degrees and 00 degrees
Plates colored in white were excluded from the search, primarily because of source crowding (Galactic plane, LMC, SMC) or a limited time span between plates.
The Solar Neighborhood XV: Discovery of New High Proper Motion Stars with mu >= 0.4"/yr between Declinations -47 degrees and 00 degrees
Positive charges are free to move on two fixed plates separated in the x direction that extend the entire extent of the lattice in the y and z directions, while the region between the plates contains mobile counterions ensuring overall neutrality.
Fast Fourier Transform Simulation Techniques for Coulomb Gases
Two-photon states are analyzed with half wave plates (HWP), quarter wave plates (QWP), and polarization beam splitters (PBS).
Hypothesis testing for an entangled state produced by spontaneous parametric down conversion
Levin then adds a solid oscillating plate (the ‘crust’) to the top of the slab, and argues that this will couple to the continuous spectrum, causing energy to drain from the oscillating plate on a rapid timescale.
Neutron star oscillations and QPOs during magnetar flares