1》 a flat dish, typically circular, from which food is eaten or served.
    ↘N. Amer. a main course of a meal.
    ↘Austral./NZ a plate of food contributed by a guest to a social gathering.
2》 any shallow dish, especially one used for collecting donations in a church.
    ↘Biology a shallow glass dish on which a culture may be grown.
3》 bowls, cups, and other utensils made of gold or silver.
    ↘a silver or gold dish or trophy awarded as a prize.
4》 a thin, flat sheet or strip of metal or other material, typically one used to join or strengthen or forming part of a machine.
    ↘a small, flat piece of metal bearing a name or inscription, designed to be fixed to a wall or door.
    ↘short for number plate.
    ↘Baseball short for home plate.
    ↘a horizontal timber laid along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists or rafters.
    ↘a light horseshoe for a racehorse.
5》 Botany & Zoology a thin, flat organic structure or formation: fused bony plates.
    ↘Geology each of the several rigid pieces of the earth's lithosphere which together make up the earth's surface.
6》 a sheet of metal or other material bearing an image of type or illustrations from which multiple copies are printed.
    ↘a printed photograph or illustration in a book.
    ↘a thin sheet of metal or glass coated with a light-sensitive film on which an image is formed, used in larger or older types of camera.
7》 a thin piece of metal that acts as an electrode in a capacitor, battery, or cell.
    ↘N. Amer. the anode of a thermionic valve.
1》 cover (a metal object) with a thin coating of a different metal.
    ↘cover with plates of metal for decoration or protection.
2》 serve or arrange on a plate.
3》 Baseball score or cause to score (a run or runs).
4》 Biology inoculate (cells or infective material) on to a culture plate, especially with the object of isolating a particular strain of microorganisms or estimating viable cell numbers.
on a plate informal indicating that something has been achieved with little or no effort.
on one's plate chiefly Brit. occupying one's time or energy.
plateful noun (plural platefuls).
plater noun
plating noun
ME: from OFr., from med. L. plata 'plate armour', based on Gk platus 'flat'; sense 1 represents OFr. plat 'platter'.

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