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plate

noun  us   /pleɪt/

plate noun (DISH)

[C] a flat dish on which food is served or from which it is eaten (also plateful) [C] an amount of food on a plate: Dominic helped himself to a plate of spaghetti.

plate noun (FLAT PIECE)

[C] a flat piece of something that is hard, does not bend, and is usually used to cover something: Large, metal plates covered the trench in the roadway.

plate noun (LAYER)

earth science /pleɪt/ [C] one of the large moving layers of rock that the earth's surface is believed to be made of

plate

verb [T]  us   /pleɪt/

plate verb [T] (ADD THIN LAYER)

to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, esp. gold or silver: gold plated
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