- the part of a denture that conforms to the mouth and contains the teeth.
- the entire denture.
verb (used with object), plat·ed, plat·ing.
- to forge (a bloom or the like) into a broad piece.
- to hammer (cutlery) gently to produce an even surface.
Origin of plate1
Origin of plate2
Origin of home plate
Related Words for plateserving, platter, bowl, layer, slice, slab, service, helping, course, portion, casserole, trencher, scale, leaf, coat, plane, flake, foil, spangle, lamina
Examples from the Web for plate
Contemporary Examples of plate
Chris Stein of Blondie catches Ramone with an “aw, shucks” expression just after he drops a plate of food.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
To unwind, Sharp takes long showers, and stops himself from separating his food on his plate as Christopher would.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
So in the cutting room, we got a plate of a horse and put a CGI guy getting on him.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
But when the time came you stepped up to the plate just like George W. Bush did.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
South of Silicon Valley, an entire town is being deformed, slowly, by plate tectonics.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
Historical Examples of plate
"I'll take another piece of fish, mother," said Robert, passing his plate.Brave and Bold
Your eggs are carried from the kitchen to the dining-room table on a plate.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Will Nature teach them the mystery of a plate of turtle-soup?The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
He folded the letter, laid it down by the side of his plate, and began to eat again.Weighed and Wanting
She brought a plate full of rice, and a big piece of chicken.Rico and Wiseli
- a shallow usually circular dish made of porcelain, earthenware, glass, etc, on which food is served or from which food is eaten
- (as modifier)a plate rack
- Also called: platefulthe contents of a plate or the amount a plate will hold
- Australian and NZa plate of cakes, sandwiches, etc, brought by a guest to a partyeveryone was asked to bring a plate
- a sheet of glass, or sometimes metal, coated with photographic emulsion on which an image can be formed by exposure to light
- (as modifier)a plate camera
- a cup or trophy awarded to the winner of a sporting contest, esp a horse race
- a race or contest for such a prize
- mainly USthe anode in an electronic valve
- an electrode in an accumulator or capacitor
Word Origin for plate
mid-13c., "flat sheet of gold or silver," also "flat, round coin," from Old French plate "thin piece of metal" (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin plata "plate, piece of metal," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *plattus, formed on model of Greek platys "flat, broad" (see plaice (n.)). The cognate in Spanish (plata) and Portuguese (prata) has become the usual word for "silver," superseding argento via shortening of *plata d'argento "plate of silver, coin." Meaning "table utensils" (originally of silver or gold only) is from Middle English. Meaning "shallow dish for food," now usually of china or earthenware, originally of metal or wood, is from mid-15c. Baseball sense is from 1857. Geological sense is first attested 1904; plate tectonics first recorded 1969. Plate-glass first recorded 1727.
late 14c., from plate (n.). Related: Plated; plating.
see hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate); have a lot on one's plate.