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plate

noun  /pleɪt/ us  

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]  /pleɪt/ us  

plate verb [T] (ADD THIN LAYER)

to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, esp. gold or silver: gold plated
Translations of “plate”
in Korean 접시…
in Arabic صَحْن…
in French assiette, plaque, argenterie…
in Turkish tabak, sahan, tabaka…
in Italian piatto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 盤, 盤子,碟子, 一碟…
in Russian тарелка, пластина, лист (металла…
in Polish talerz, płyta, proteza…
in Spanish plato, placa, vajilla…
in Portuguese prato…
in German die Platte, das Geschirr, das Schild…
in Catalan plat pla…
in Japanese 皿, 平皿…
in Chinese (Simplified) 盘, 盘子,碟子, 一盘…
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