Definition of silver plate in English:

silver plate

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A thin layer of silver electroplated or otherwise applied as a coating to another metal: the vase is finished in silver plate
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    • For unclear reasons there was neither motivation by American flatware manufacturers to transfer the style from silver plate into stainless steel nor demand by consumers for them to do so.
    • For example, the thickness of the silver plate that is deposited electrochemically on a spoon is greater if the electrical current is allowed to flow longer.
    • They carry a jug and bowl of silver plate, luxury objects of great costliness in ancient Rome, either as a gift for Agrippa or perhaps, as Ebers suggests, to pour a libation before him as if he were a god.
  • 1.1Objects coated with silver: the tables were groaning with silver plate
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    • Cahill's 20-year criminal career is believed to have netted him more than €40m, and Gardai believe some gold bullion and silver plate still lies buried in the Dublin mountains.
    • At this point, he traded with local Inuit for officers' silver plate, the treasured medal making Franklin a Knight Commander of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, and other relics.
    • The finds from the Shaft Graves at Mycenae contained massive quantities of gold and silver plate, including the gold death mask of Agamemnon.
  • 1.2Plates, dishes, etc. made of silver.
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    • The restoration work on the castle is progressing and he is now calling on her to return the silver plate to its rightful home.
    • He photographed the silver plate, pulled his hands away and put it back in the safe.
    • It also means having to repress the vision of oneself staring back that appears in the mirrored surface of the silver plate.

verb

(silver-plate) [with object] Back to top  
  • Cover (something) with a thin layer of silver: (as adjective silver-plated) a pair of silver-plated spoons
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    • He said the coins are advertised as nearly pure silver when they're only silver-plated.
    • Wood veneer sweeps right round the cabin, leather covers the floor as well as the seats, and many jewel-like details are silver-plated.
    • For example, the technique is used to silver-plate table utensils and to weatherproof objects with cadmium or chromium plating.

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