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[bak-pleyt] /ˈbækˌpleɪt/
Building Trades. a wood or metal plate serving as a backing for a structural member.
Armor. a piece of plate armor for protecting the back: worn as part of a cuirass.
Origin of backplate
First recorded in 1650-60; back1 + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The backplate, which is only three millimetres thick, has been perforated by the bullet.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • Stel Felso Theu took the backplate of the control cabinet off, and the terrestrians looked at the control with interest.

    Invaders from the Infinite

    John Wood Campbell
  • According to the Emperors inventory, the backplate, which does not exist, bore the image of St. Barbara.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • That princes monogram, the Conde points out, is to be seen on the backplate gilded in relief.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert

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