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faceplate Syllabification: face·plate
Pronunciation: /ˈfāsplāt/

Definition of faceplate in English:


1An enlarged end or attachment on the end of the mandrel on a lathe, with slots and holes on which work can be mounted.
Example sentences
  • It uses a swash plate design that imparts reciprocating motion via the inclination of a faceplate on a shaft relative to the axis of rotation.
  • To make a Drive Mandrel, start by mounting a wooden faceplate on your lathe.
  • Replace the faceplate on the lathe, spread some glue in the mortise and use the tail stock to clamp the mandrel in place.
1.1A plate protecting a piece of machinery, a light switch, or an electrical outlet.
Example sentences
  • Worldwide sales of faceplates - pieces of hard plastic that snap onto the front of cell phones - climbed to roughly $1.7 billion.
  • There is a thin aluminum plate behind the faceplates that you must wiggle back and forth to snap out, why they put those in there I am not sure.
  • Antec also tucked the drive rails on the metal plate behind the plastic faceplate so you'll always know where they are.
1.2The part of a cathode ray tube that carries the phosphor screen.
Example sentences
  • The faceplate portion has a screen to display an image, and the panel portion has a shadow mask installed therein.
  • An improved cathode-ray tube includes an envelope comprising a faceplate panel, a funnel and a neck.
  • The present invention relates to a substrate of a luminous face-plate of a colour projection cathode ray tube and the luminous face-plate which is composed of this substrate.
2The transparent window of a diver’s or astronaut’s helmet.
Example sentences
  • He opened the cracked faceplate of the fallen astronaut and gazed in horror at what lay within.
  • If you saw a constant stream of gas coming from the faceplate of a diver you were assisting to the surface, what would you think?
  • She had a faceplate on her helmet, blocking most of her face from my view, but her eyes seemed familiar, even though they wore an angry guise.

Words that rhyme with faceplate

breastplate • nameplate

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