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[kop-er-pleyt] /ˈkɒp ərˌpleɪt/
a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
a print or impression from such a plate.
engraving or printing of this kind.
a fine, elegant style of handwriting.
Origin of copperplate
First recorded in 1655-65; copper1 + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for copperplate
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  • Their usual form may be seen in the foreground of the copperplate No. 1.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton
  • Who contrived the first copperplate press ever seen in this country?

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Samuel G. Goodrich
  • The copperplate fac-similes of Mr. French's writing are as neat as anything of the kind we ever saw.

    The History of The Hen Fever George P. Burnham
  • Its antiquity is proved by the evidence of copperplate grants to have been known as early as the 5th century.

  • Born at Margate in 1821, he was early in life apprenticed to a copperplate engraver in Bedfordbury.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • From a purely mechanical point of view the construction of the copperplate press (Fig. 3) is of an exceedingly simple character.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • In its application to lithography the following are the only requisites for copperplate transfer printing.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • This edition is valued not for its beau langage, but for the copperplate engravings illustrating it.

  • Inferior kinds of diamonds are also extensively used by engineers in rock-boring, and by copperplate engravers as etching-points.

  • Edwards counts it a high honor that, in half a dozen editorial offices, his copy has been called "copperplate."

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for copperplate


a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
a print taken from such a plate
a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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