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Dictionary definition for: Plate

1. (v) coat with a layer of metal; "plate spoons with silver"

2. (n) a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

3. (n) (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"

4. (n) a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)

5. (n) dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten

6. (n) the quantity contained in a plate

7. (n) a rigid layer of the Earth''s crust that is believed to drift slowly

8. (n) the thin under portion of the forequarter

9. (n) a main course served on a plate; "a vegetable plate" "the blue plate special"

10. (n) any flat platelike body structure or part

11. (n) the positively charged electrode in a vacuum tube

12. (n) a flat sheet of metal or glass on which a photographic image can be recorded

13. (n) structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage

14. (n) a shallow receptacle for collection in church

15. (n) a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

16. (n) a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

17. (n) the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws; "a catcher needs a lot of protective equipment" "he plays behind the plate"

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