n. v. plat•ed, plat•ing
1) a shallow, usu. circular dish from which food is eaten
2) the contents of such a dish; plateful
3) an entire course of a meal served on such a dish:
a vegetable plate[/ex]
4) the food and service for one person, as at a catered meal:
a dinner at $100 a plate[/ex]
5) cvb
a) dishes, utensils, etc., of metal plated with gold or silver
b) dishes, utensils, etc., made of gold or silver
6) a dish for collecting offerings, as in a church
7) mel a thin, flat sheet or piece of metal or other material, esp. of uniform thickness
8) mel metal in such sheets
9) a flat, polished piece of metal on which something may be or is engraved
10) cvb
license plate
11) pri a flat or curved sheet, usu. of metal, plastic, or glass, on which a picture or text has been engraved, etched, molded, photographically developed, or drawn, to be inked, as in a press, for printing impressions on other surfaces
12) a printed impression from such a piece or from some similar piece, as a woodcut
13) a full-page illustration in a book, esp. on paper different from the text pages
14) her any of the flat metal pieces used in armor
15) her
plate armor
16) den
a) the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth
b) the entire denture
17) spo baseball
a) the plate
home plate
b) rubber I, 10)
18) pht a sheet, usu. of glass or metal, coated with a sensitized emulsion, used for taking a photograph
19) anat. zool. a platelike body part, structure, or organ
20) coo a cut of beef from the lower end of the ribs
21) gel any of a number of rigid sections of the earth's crust, movement of which gives rise to continental drift
22) elo elm one of the interior elements of a vacuum tube, toward which electrons are attracted by virtue of its positive charge; anode
23) bui a horizontal timber or board laid flat to support joists, rafters, or studs at or near their ends
24) spo a gold or silver cup or the like awarded as the prize in a horse race or other contest
25) spo a horse race or other contest for such a prize
26) mel to coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means
27) mel to cover or overlay with metal plates for protection
28) pri to make a stereotype or electrotype plate from (type)
29) pri to give a high gloss to (paper), as on supercalendered paper
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < OF: lit., something flat, n. use of fem. of plat flat I < VL *plattus, akin to Gk platýs broad, flat

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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