Definitions

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  • n. A hardened steel plate having a hole, or a gradation of conical holes, through which wires are drawn to be reduced and elongated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hardened steel plate having a hole, or a gradation of conical holes, through which wires are drawn to be reduced and elongated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drilled plate of steel or a drilled ruby through which a wire, or a metal ribbon or tube, is drawn to reduce its caliber and equalize it, or to give it a particular shape.
  • n. The holes in the plate are made somewhat conical, and where a considerable reduction in size is sought the wire or rod is passed in succession through a series of holes, each a little smaller than the preceding.
  • n. A similar instrument for testing the ductility of metals, consisting of an oblong piece of steel pierced with a diminishing series of gradually tapered holes.
  • n. A transverse plate connecting the side-frames in a locomotive and forming part of the framing to which the draw-bar is attached.

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Examples

  • Harding commenced by manufacturing a drawplate, that is to say, a plate of steel, pierced with conical holes of different sizes, which would successively bring the wire to the wished-for tenacity.

    The Mysterious Island

  • “We have all the necessary materials for making a battery, and the most difficult thing will be to stretch the wires, but by means of a drawplate I think we shall manage it.”

    The Mysterious Island

  • The iron, prepared previously in long thin rods, the ends of which were sharpened with the file, having been introduced into the largest hole of the drawplate, was drawn out by the beam which wound it round itself, to a length of twenty-five or thirty feet, then unrolled, and the same operation was performed successively through the holes of a less size.

    The Mysterious Island

  • a small, dark woman, agile and strong, drawing with all the vigor of her arms -- assisted by a pair of pincers -- a thread of black metal, which she passed through the holes of a drawplate held by the vice.

    L'Assommoir

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