Learn how to say Plates correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word plate:
1a flat dish, typically circular and made of china, from which food is eaten or served:
he pushed his empty plate to one side and sipped his wine
a dinner plate
an amount of food on a plate:
a plate of spaghetti
North American a main course of a meal, served on one plate:
he recommended the roast beef plate
Australian/NZ a plate of food contributed by a guest to a social gathering:
he was invited to a party and asked to bring a plate
a dish, typically made of metal or wood, passed round a church congregation in order to collect donations of money:
they brought round the collection plates
Biology a shallow glass dish on which a culture of cells or microorganisms may be grown:
a tissue culture plate
2 [mass noun] dishes, bowls, cups, and other utensils made of gold, silver, or other metal:
an exhibition of the plate belonging to the college
[from Old French vaisselle en plate ‘dishes and plates made of a single piece of metal’]
[count noun] a silver or gold dish or trophy awarded as a prize in a race or competition:
she lifted the plate in victory
[in names] a race or competition in which a silver or gold dish or trophy is awarded:
the final of the Ladies’ Plate at Henley
3a thin, flat sheet or strip of metal or other material, typically one used to join or strengthen things or forming part of a machine:
he underwent surgery to have a steel plate put into his leg
a small, flat piece of metal or other material bearing a name or inscription and attached to a door or other object:
a discreet brass plate announced William Marsden, RA
short for number plate.
the car had German plates
Baseballshort for home plate.
a horizontal timber laid along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists or rafters.
a light horseshoe for a racehorse.
4 Botany & Zoology a thin, flat organic structure or formation:
the fused bony plates protect the tortoise’s soft parts
5 Geology each of the several rigid pieces of the earth’s lithosphere which together make up the earth’s surface:
the Pacific Ocean plate
(See also plate tectonics.).
6a sheet of metal, plastic, or other material bearing an image of type or illustrations from which multiple copies are printed:
the correct alignment of the plates in four-colour printing
a printed photograph, picture, or illustration, especially one on superior-quality paper in a book:
the book contains sixty colour plates
a thin sheet of metal, glass, or other substance coated with a light-sensitive film on which an image is formed, used in larger or older types of camera.
7a thin piece of plastic moulded to the shape of a person’s mouth and gums, to which artificial teeth or another orthodontic appliance are attached.
informal a complete denture or orthodontic appliance.
8a thin piece of metal that acts as an electrode in a capacitor, battery, or cell.
North American the anode of a thermionic valve.
1cover (a metal object) with a thin coating of a different metal.
cover (an object) with plates of metal for decoration, protection, or strength:
the ship is plated in the bows with steel eighteen millimetres thick
2serve or arrange (food) on a plate or plates:
overcooked vegetables won’t look appetizing, no matter how they are plated
3 Baseball score or cause to score (a run or runs):
Matt Wignot plated two of Clarkson’s runs
4 Biology inoculate (cells or infective material) on to a culture plate, especially with the object of isolating a particular strain of micro-organisms or estimating viable cell numbers.