"plates" in the noun sense
1. home plate, home base, home, plate
baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
"he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"
a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
5. plate, plateful
the quantity contained in a plate
6. plate, crustal plate
a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
the thin under portion of the forequarter
a main course served on a plate
"a vegetable plate"
"the blue plate special"
any flat platelike body structure or part
the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube
11. plate, photographic plate
a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded
structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
13. plate, collection plate
a shallow receptacle for collection in church
14. plate, scale, shell
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
15. denture, dental plate, plate
a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
"plates" in the verb sense
coat with a layer of metal
"plate spoons with silver"
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