A plate is a broad, concave, but mainly flat vessel on which food can be served. A plate can also be used for ceremonial or decorative purposes.

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  1. A flat dish from which food is served or eaten.
    I filled my plate from the bountiful table.
  2. Such dishes collectively.
  3. The contents of such a dish.
    I ate a plate of beans.
  4. A course at a meal.
    The meat plate was particularly tasty.
  5. An agenda of tasks, problems, or responsibilities
    With revenues down and transfer payments up, the legislature has a full plate.
  6. A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
    A clutch usually has two plates.
  7. A vehicle license plate.
    He stole a car and changed the plates as soon as he could.
  8. A layer of a material on the surface of something, usually qualified by the type of the material; plating
    The bullets just bounced off the steel plate on its hull.
  9. A material covered with such a layer.
    If you're not careful, someone will sell you silverware that's really only silver plate.
  10. A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
    The tea was served in the plate.
  11. A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  12. An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
    We finished making the plates this morning.
  13. An image or copy.
  14. An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.
  15. A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
  16. A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
  17. A foot, from "plates of meat".
    Sit down and give your plates a rest.
  18. Home plate.
    There was a close play at the plate.
  19. A tectonic plate.
  20. Plate armour.
    He was confronted by two knights in full plate.
  21. Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.
  22. An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.
  23. The anode of a vacuum tube.
    Regulating the oscillator plate voltage greatly improves the keying.
  24. A coin, usually a silver coin.
  25. A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
  26. A prize given to the winner in a contest.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. Precious metal, especially silver.


  1. To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
    This ring is plated with a thin layer of gold.
  2. To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
    After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.
  3. To perform cunnilingus.
    He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
  4. To score a run.
    The single plated the runner from second base.
  5. To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.
    Tickets are normally plated on an itinerary's first international airline.

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