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Definition of "plate" []

  • A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness. (noun)
  • A sheet of hammered, rolled, or cast metal. (noun)
  • A very thin applied or deposited coat of metal. (noun)
  • A flat piece of metal forming part of a machine: a boiler plate. (noun)
  • A flat piece of metal on which something is engraved. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "plate" in a sentence
  • "I tipped over the name plate on his desk: Dr. Richard Salmon."
  • "On display are sculptures in chocolate: a life size one of Ms. Brown's figure, of her diploma a masters in milk chocolate, a pair of her high heels and a name plate from her desk that identifies Ms. Brown as the "Chief Chocolate Officer" of M&M's."
  • "Noticing the suit and tie, he spoke to me first, looking down his nose, as he did so, to the name plate on my breast pocket."