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
Related formse·lec·tro·plat·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for electroplating

Historical Examples of electroplating

  • This is a more useful form of winding for electroplating purposes.

  • You should be able to make ball bearings by molding, then densify them by electroplating.

  • Nickel is also used for electroplating, for nickel coins, for chemicals, etc.

  • Electroplating is the art of coating metals with metals by means of electricity.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • The invention of electroplating was made by Brugnatelli in Italy in 1803.


    Bradley A. Fiske

British Dictionary definitions for electroplating



(tr) to plate (an object) by electrolysis


electroplated articles collectively, esp when plated with silver


coated with metal by electrolysis; electroplated
Derived Formselectroplater, noun
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Science definitions for electroplating



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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Culture 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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