- 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
Examples from the Web for plateless
Historical Examples of plateless
Under his arm he holds a pile of plateless pies, just as the newsboy on the train secures a pile of magazines.
- 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.