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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a flat, round dish from which food is served or eaten; the food on such a dish.
I couldn't finish everything on my plate.I ordered the special plate for lunch at the diner.
definition 2: a thin sheet of a hard material, either natural or man-made.
The battleship has steel plates to protect it.An armadillo's body is covered with bony plates.
definition 3: a drawing or picture in a book, often in color and covering an entire page.
I cut out several plates from my art book and hung them on the wall.
definition 4: a flat piece of metal or other material that is engraved and used to make printed copies; the copy or picture made from this.
The printers carefully arranged the plates to make copies of the print.
definition 5: a tectonic plate, one of the parts of the outer layer of planet Earth. Tectonic plates cover the whole planet and make up both the land that humans and animals live on and the land under the oceans. Tectonic plates move very, very slowly and they touch each other as they move. Sometimes this contact between the tectonic plates causes things like volcanoes, earthquakes, and the building up of mountains.
definition 6: short form of "license plate," a small metal sign on a car, truck, or other vehicle that usually has both numbers and letters. The license plate shows that it is legal to drive the vehicle on public roads.
The police stopped the car because one of its plates was missing.
part of speech: verb
inflections: plates, plating, plated
definition: to cover with a thin layer of gold, silver, or some other metal.
The jeweler plated an iron ring with gold so it would look shiny and beautiful.
derivation: platelike (adj.)
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