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wall plate

Also called raising plate. Building Trades. a horizontal member built into or laid along the top of a wall to support and distribute the pressure from joists, rafters, etc.
Machinery. a vertical metal plate secured against a wall, as to attach a bracket.
Mining. one of the longer members of a set.
Compare end plate.
Origin of wall plate
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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wall plate

a horizontal timber member placed along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists, rafters, etc, and distribute the load
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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wall plate in Technology

A small rectangular panel, usually made of plastic, fixed to the wall, on which sockets and switches are mounted. These connect to wiring hidden in the wall. Common examples would be electrical mains and telephone sockets.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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