A flat dish, typically circular and made of china, from which food is eaten or served
a dinner plate
A sign bearing the letter L, attached to the front and rear of a motor vehicle to indicate that it is being driven by a learner
(On a motor vehicle) a sign indicating that the driver has only a provisional driving licence and is therefore subject to certain restrictions
Engineering and Mechanics. A metal plate with dogs for holding something in place; (in a lathe) a circular plate with radial slots into which the arm of a lathe dog will fit.
A glass plate coated with a light-sensitive gelatin-based emulsion, used formerly as an improvement on the earlier wet plate
A part of a helmet covering the ear.
A flattened piece at or forming the end of something such as a motor or generator
Zoology a plate adjacent to or covering the eye, as a scale of a reptile or a sclerite of an arthropod (now rare).
Gunnery a metal disc in some artillery guns which receives the direct force of the gas produced in firing (now rare).
A flat heated surface (or a set of these), typically portable, used for cooking food or keeping it hot
A small plate, often made of glass, on which ice cream or a similar dessert is served.
A flat piece of metal surrounding or covering a keyhole; a keyhole escutcheon.
A shallow metal or glass dish with sloping sides in which pies are baked
A plate with a hole for the pin in a pin joint.
The day of a race for a plate.
A pie with a pastry base and crust.
Afraid to stand close to the plate when batting.
A sensitized collodion plate exposed in the camera while the collodion is moist
A shallow vessel, typically a Petri dish, containing biological culture medium which has been solidified with agar.
The bimetallic printing plate used in the Aller process.
(As a mass noun) the plates, cups, and other vessels and utensils, typically of precious metal, used in the communion rite; (as a count noun) one of these, especially a communion plate.
Rolled iron or steel as a raw material for tinplate making; a sheet of this.
(Of a restaurant meal) consisting of a full main course ordered as a single menu item
A structure formed during the mitotic division of a plant cell when Golgi-derived vesicles containing cell wall precursors fuse to form a partition between the two daughter cells.
A metal plate on a pavement covering the opening to a coal cellar.
The faceplate of a dial, especially that of a clock, watch, or sundial, on which the hours are marked.
A metal plate buried in the earth or submerged in the sea so as to serve as an earth connection (as part of an earth return or as a safety feature).
A plate on which a live frog can be fixed, especially for a microscopic demonstration of blood circulation in the foot.
A thin layer of gold, electroplated or otherwise applied as a coating to another metal
A photographic plate measuring 434 × 612 inches (circa 10.8 × 16.5 cm)
A piece of metal or porcelain fixed to a door to prevent marks being left on the surface of the door when it is opened or closed.
Gunnery. A metal plate covering the cheeks of a gun carriage. Now historical and rare.
The five-sided flat white rubber base next to which the batter stands and over which the pitcher must throw the ball for a strike. A runner must touch home plate after having reached all the other bases to score a run
A metal plate at the base of a door or panel to protect it from damage or wear
A breastplate presented by the colonizing authorities to an Aboriginal leader in recognition of his status
A plate having half of a pattern mounted on either side, used in making moulds for casting.
A plate fitted into the roof of the mouth in the surgical treatment of cleft palate, as part of a denture, etc.
A printing plate used for printing music.
A plate of iron or other metal from which nails are cut; (as a mass noun) such metal plates collectively. Now rare.
An oceanic lithospheric plate in the south-eastern Pacific, which is subducting under the South American continental plate along the line of the Peru–Chile trench.
A plate of opal glass; especially (formerly) one used as a photographic plate (obsolete).
A supporting plate riveted to the stern from immediately below or on the transom, especially on wooden vessels.
A disposable plate made of cardboard
Protective armor of metal plates, especially as worn in medieval times by mounted knights
The shoulder blade, the scapula.
An estimate of cell density in milk, soil, etc., made by inoculating a culture plate with a suitably diluted sample and counting the number of colonies that appear.
A fleet carrying bullion; specifically any of the fleets which annually transported silver from the Americas to Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries.
A gauge consisting of a metal plate with notches of various widths cut along its edge.