[ ih-lek-truh-pleyt ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trəˌpleɪt /

verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·plat·ed, e·lec·tro·plat·ing.

to plate or coat with a metal by electrolysis.


electroplated articles or ware.

Origin of electroplate

First recorded in 1860–65; electro- + plate1

OTHER WORDS FROM electroplate

e·lec·tro·plat·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for electroplating

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌpleɪt) /


(tr) to plate (an object) by electrolysis


electroplated articles collectively, esp when plated with silver


coated with metal by electrolysis; electroplated

Derived forms of electroplate

electroplater, noun
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Scientific definitions for electroplating

[ ĭ-lĕktrō-plā′tĭng ]

The process of coating the surface of a conducting material with a metal. During the process, the surface to be covered acts as a cathode in an electrolytic cell, and the metal that is to cover it acts as an anode. Electroplating is usually used to cover a less expensive metal with a more expensive metal, or to cover a corrosive metal with a less corrosive or noncorrosive metal.
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Cultural definitions for electroplating


A process whereby a thin coat of metal is applied to a material. The process involves placing the material to be coated in a solution containing ions of the metal and then passing an electric current (see also current) through the system, which causes the ions to adhere to the material.

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