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key plate

noun, Printing.
(in color printing) the plate providing the greatest definition of detail, usually the black plate, on which the other plates are registered.
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First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It consists of an uncoloured figure on a circular ground of colour, and is printed by the key plate.

    Gambia Frederick John Melville
  • There were more spots on the key plate of the washstand, and this also was forced off.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt

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