(on a lathe) a perforated plate, mounted on the live spindle, to which the work is attached.
the part of a protective headpiece, as a diver's or astronaut's helmet, that covers the upper portion of the face, often of transparent material and sometimes movable.
Also called face. Electronics. the glass front of a cathode ray tube upon which the image is displayed.
a protective plate, as one surrounding an electric outlet or light switch.

Compare switch plate.

Origin of faceplate

First recorded in 1835–45; face + plate1
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Examples from the Web for faceplate

Historical Examples of faceplate

  • He banged his hand on his faceplate in an unconscious attempt to wipe it off.

    All Day September

    Roger Kuykendall

  • He stepped through the hot-air curtain and flipped up his faceplate.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • A cam of this sort on a drum is shown in the sketch at A, and on a faceplate, at B.

  • The faceplate should be made by a machinist so that the surface of the face can be turned true.

  • The casting must be held either in a chuck C or on a faceplate if too large for the chuck.

    Turning and Boring

    Franklin D. Jones

British Dictionary definitions for faceplate



a perforated circular metal plate that can be attached to the headstock of a lathe in order to hold flat or irregularly shaped workpieces
Also called: surface plate a flat rigid plate used to check the flatness and squareness of the faces of a component
the part of a cathode-ray tube carrying the phosphor screen
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