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Plate appears in the following tongue twister:

  • As he gobbled the cakes on his plate,
    the greedy ape said as he ate,
    the greener green grapes are,
    the keener keen apes are
    to gobble green grape cakes,
    they're great!
    (from Dr. Seuss' O Say Can You Say?)

Plate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Loot: slate, metal plate, metal stool.
  • Elitists, a plate of nachos is at stasis; oh, can foetal pasts I tile?
  • As I vacillate, my metal pots may level yams to plate my Metallica visa.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun plate:


Plate is sometimes a misspelling of pilot.

The word plate is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun plate

What does plate mean as a name of something?

Plate is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: plates

  1. (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
  2. a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: flat solid / sheet = a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
    • more specific terms:
      • baffle board / baffle = a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
      • cylinder head = a detachable plate that covers the closed end of a cylinder chamber in a reciprocating engine or pump
      • damper = a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace
      • disc / disk = a flat circular plate
      • engraving = a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
      • escutcheon = a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
      • fin keel = a metal plate projecting from the keel of a shallow vessel to give it greater lateral stability
      • fishplate = metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams
      • storage-battery grid / grid = a perforated or corrugated metal plate used in a storage battery as a conductor and support for the active material
      • gusset plate / gusset = a metal plate used to strengthen a joist
      • lamella = thin plate
      • license plate / numberplate = a plate mounted on the front and back of car and bearing the car's registration number
      • L-plate = a square plate bearing the letter L that is attached to both ends of a car to indicate that the driver is a learner
      • nameplate = a plate bearing a name
      • plate iron = a plate of iron
      • platen = the flat plate of a printing press that presses the paper against the type
      • plessimeter / pleximeter = a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations
      • tap = a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe
  3. a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: illustration = a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand
    • more specific term: fashion plate = a plate illustrating the latest fashion in dress
  4. dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: flatware = tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece
    • more specific terms:
  5. the quantity contained in a plate
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of plate: plateful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  6. a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
  7. the thin under portion of the forequarter
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic term: cut of beef = cut of meat from beef cattle
  8. a main course served on a plate
    • examples: a vegetable plate | the blue plate special
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: entree / main course = the principal dish of a meal
  9. any flat platelike body structure or part
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic terms: anatomical structure / bodily structure / body structure / complex body part / structure = a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement
    • more specific words:
      • operculum = a hard flap serving as a cover for (a) the gill slits in fishes or (b) the opening of the shell in certain gastropods when the body is retracted
      • comb = ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
      • frill = a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
      • lamina = a thin plate or layer
  10. the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
  11. a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of plate: photographic plate
    • more generic terms: flat solid / sheet = a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
    • more specific term: quarter plate = a photographic plate measuring 3.25 inches by 4.25 inches
  12. structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: structural member = support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
    • more specific term: wall plate = plate (a timber along the top of a wall) to support the ends of joists, etc., and distribute the load
    • part of: construction / structure = a thing constructed
  13. a shallow receptacle for collection in church
  14. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  15. a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

Alternative definition of the noun plate


  1. A dish from which food is served or eaten.
  2. The contents of such a dish.
  3. A course at a meal.
  4. A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
  5. A vehicle license plate
  6. [dated] A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
  7. [weightlifting] A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  8. [printing] An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
  9. [printing, photography] An image or copy.
  10. [printing, publishing] An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.
  11. [dentistry] A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
  12. [construction] A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
  13. [Cockney rhyming slang] A foot, from "plates of meat".
  14. [baseball] Home plate.
  15. [geology] A tectonic plate.
  16. [historical] Plate armour.
  17. [herpetology] Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.
  18. [engineering, electricity] An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.

Specialised definition of the noun plate

Glossary of sports

a flat sheet of bone (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a flat piece of metal attached to a fractured bone to hold the broken parts together (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / baseball

a five-sided white slab over which the pitcher must throw the bad (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb plate

What does plate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: plated | plating | plates

  1. coat with a layer of metal

Alternative definition of the verb plate


  1. To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
  2. To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
  3. To perform cunnilingus.
  4. [baseball] To score a run.
  5. [context: aviation, travel industry] To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.


Who is Plate?

plate a.k.a. Rudolf Platte was a German actor.


Plate is a record label.


  1. Plate: 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.
  2. Plate: A plate is a structural element which is characterized by two key properties. Firstly, its geometric configuration is a three-dimensional solid whose thickness is very small when compared with other dimensions. Secondly, the effects of the loads that are expected to be applied on it only generate stresses whose resultants are, in practical terms, exclusively normal to the element's thickness.

Phrases with Plate

Phrases starting with the word Plate:

  1. plate iron
  2. plate rack
  3. plate rail

Phrases ending with the word Plate:

  1. l-plate
  2. P-Plate
  3. to plate
  4. dry plate
  5. end-plate
  6. hot plate
  7. tin plate
  8. tin-plate
  9. bite plate
  10. Cell plate
  11. comb-plate
  12. gold plate
  13. gold-plate
  14. home plate
  15. soup plate
  16. wall plate
  17. Zone plate

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Plate

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Google previewThe Changing Earth, Exploring Geology and Evolution (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The Nazca Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate in the eastern Pacific Ocean basin off the west coast of South America.

The North American Plate is a tectonic plate covering most of North America, Greenland, Cuba, Bahamas, and parts of ...

Google previewThe Enlightened Party Planner: Guides to Creating Parties from the Heart - The Six Elements of a Successful Party (2011)

by Shelby L. Phillips, Ellen F. Henneke

For a casual place setting, the plate is the center and the utensils radiate from it. According to etiquette guru Emily...

Google previewQuantum Mechanics (2012)

Theory and Experiment by Mark Beck

A wave plate is an optical element that uses a phase shift between orthogonal field components to transform the polarization of a wave.

The other most common wave plate is a half-wave plate,

Google previewSubsea International’ 93 (2012)

Low Cost Subsea Production Systems by Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

The venturi or orifice plate is a more proven device accepted as an industry standard but subject to wear in continuous Service. By using it to check the ultrasonic meter the erosion effects are limited to short duration periods. A venturi is ...

Google previewIntroduction to Environmental Geology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The North American Plate is a tectonic plate covering most of North America, Greenland, Cuba, Bahamas, and parts of Iceland and the Azores.

The Pacific Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate that lies beneath the Pacific Ocean. At 103 million ...

Google previewMammalian Development (1996)

by Peter Lonai

The floor plate is an epithelial cell group located at the ventral midline of the developing neural tube.

The floor plate is a source of polarizing signal that can regulate the identity and position of motor neurons and other ventrally-located ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities (2000)

For Children 3 to 6 : More Than 500 Art & Craft Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner

Plate. Frog. Puppets. Materials. Pictures of brilliantly colored frogs from other parts of the world Paper plates White, green, and red construction paper Scissors Paint Paintbrushes Glue Pencils for curling ...

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Sign language

Plate in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Plate. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Plate {on the go} with ASL {without flashcards}. Post a video of your baby ...

Quotes about Plate

All is nothing
Unless sold
by the pound

If it has a price
Then kill
it off
another plate

When 'Dog eats dog'
You'll find me
in the kitty litter
leaving what
you'll find
on my plate (Justin Tallman Gonzalez)
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Scrabble value of P3L1A1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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