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parts of speech:
noun, verb
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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.
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.
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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