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  1. a metal or wooden plate or slab, bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together.
  2. Railroads Now Rare. a joint bar.
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Origin of fishplate

1850–55; fish, alteration of French fiche fastening, derivative of ficher to fasten, fix (see fichu) + plate1
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Historical Examples

  • The fishplate instead of the frog, and the steel rail in place of the good old snakehead!

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)

    Elbert Hubbard

British Dictionary definitions for fishplate


  1. a flat piece of metal joining one rail, stanchion, or beam to another
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