plate

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noun

verb (used with object), plat·ed, plat·ing.


Idioms

    have on one's plate, Informal. to have as an immediate task, obligation, or prospect: I had too much on my plate already to take on another task.

Origin of plate

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1250–1300; Middle English < Old French: literally, something flat, noun use of feminine of plat flat1 < Vulgar Latin *plattus, akin to Greek platýs broad, flat
Related formsplate·less, adjectiveplate·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for platelike

plate

noun

  1. a shallow usually circular dish made of porcelain, earthenware, glass, etc, on which food is served or from which food is eaten
  2. (as modifier)a plate rack
  1. Also called: platefulthe contents of a plate or the amount a plate will hold
  2. Australian and NZa plate of cakes, sandwiches, etc, brought by a guest to a partyeveryone was asked to bring a plate
an entire course of a meala cold plate
any shallow or flat receptacle, esp for receiving a collection in church
flat metal of uniform thickness obtained by rolling, usually having a thickness greater than about three millimetres
a thin coating of metal usually on another metal, as produced by electrodeposition, chemical action, etc
metal or metalware that has been coated in this way, esp with gold or silverSheffield plate
dishes, cutlery, etc, made of gold or silver
a sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, etc, having a printing surface produced by a process such as stereotyping, moulding, or photographic deposition
a print taken from such a sheet or from a woodcut, esp when appearing in a book
a thin flat sheet of a substance, such as metal or glass
armour made of overlapping or articulated pieces of thin metal
photog
  1. a sheet of glass, or sometimes metal, coated with photographic emulsion on which an image can be formed by exposure to light
  2. (as modifier)a plate camera
an orthodontic device, esp one used for straightening children's teeth
an informal word for denture (def. 1)
anatomy any flat platelike structure or part
  1. a cup or trophy awarded to the winner of a sporting contest, esp a horse race
  2. a race or contest for such a prize
any of the rigid layers of the earth's lithosphere of which there are believed to be at least 15See also plate tectonics
electronics
  1. mainly USthe anode in an electronic valve
  2. an electrode in an accumulator or capacitor
a horizontal timber joist that supports rafters or studs
a light horseshoe for flat racing
a thin cut of beef from the brisket
Also called: Communion plate RC Church a flat plate held under the chin of a communicant in order to catch any fragments of the consecrated Host
archaic a coin, esp one made of silver
on a plate in such a way as to be acquired without further troublehe was handed the job on a plate
on one's plate waiting to be done or dealt withhe has a lot on his plate at the moment

verb (tr)

to coat (a surface, usually metal) with a thin layer of other metal by electrolysis, chemical reaction, etc
to cover with metal plates, as for protection
printing to make a stereotype or electrotype from (type or another plate)
to form (metal) into plate, esp by rolling
to give a glossy finish to (paper) by calendering
to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium
See also plate up

Word Origin for plate

C13: from Old French: thin metal sheet, something flat, from Vulgar Latin plattus (unattested); related to Greek platus flat

Plate

noun

River Plate the English name for the (Río de la) Plata
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Word Origin and History for platelike

plate

n.

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.

plate

v.

late 14c., from plate (n.). Related: Plated; plating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

platelike in Medicine

plate

[plāt]

n.

A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness.
A thin flat layer, part, or structure.
A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth.
A metal bar applied to a fractured bone in order to maintain the ends in apposition.
The agar layer within a Petri dish or similar vessel.
A sheet of glass or metal that is light-sensitive and on which a photographic image can be recorded.

v.

To form a very thin layer of a bacterial culture by streaking it on the surface of agar to isolate individual organisms from which a colonial clone will develop.
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platelike in Science

plate

[plāt]

Noun

A thin, flat sheet of metal or other material, especially one used as an electrode in a storage battery or capacitor, or as the anode of an electron tube.
In plate tectonics, one of the sections of the Earth's lithosphere (crust and upper mantle) that is in constant motion along with other sections. It is the interaction of the plates that causes mountains, volcanos, and other land features to form and that causes earthquakes to occur. Six major plates and numerous smaller ones are recognized. See more at tectonic boundary.

Verb

To coat or cover with a thin layer of metal.
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Idioms and Phrases with platelike

plate

see hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate); have a lot on one's plate.

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