Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metal or wooden plate bolted to the sides of two abutting rails or beams, used especially in the laying of railroad track.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams

Etymologies

Probably from French fiche, peg (from Old French; see microfiche) + plate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
fish +‎ plate. See fish ("curved wooden bar used to strengthen a ship's mast"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Squeak!

    April 4, 2011

  • Criminy! Nobody's even bothered to list fishplate! I'm not gonna either...*tests ruzuzu's squeak, just to make sure*

    April 4, 2011

  • *plays ████████ in celebration of ruzuzu's squeaky cleanness*

    April 4, 2011

  • Squeaky.

    March 28, 2011

  • As clean as a train whistle.

    March 28, 2011

  • Yes. I am as clean as a brand new fishplate.

    March 28, 2011

  • As clean as a brand new fishplate?

    March 28, 2011

  • I know... but I'm clean now.

    March 28, 2011

  • Trainspotting really is a filthy habit. A habit with many innocent victims.

    By the way, I'm sure reesetee will be delighted to play his ████████ for us.

    March 28, 2011

  • I suppose you were deaf to the anguished cries of the tiny little passengers? And the miniature guard, gibbering in his caboose.

    March 28, 2011

  • Just one. I was in high school, it was late at night, and all my friends were doing it.

    March 28, 2011

  • Have you potted many trains, ruzuzu?

    March 28, 2011

  • To be fair, ████████ in the wrong hands could be pretty dangerous. But I understand.

    March 28, 2011

  • It seems perverse to be redacting harmless words like ██████ and ████████, while trainspotting remains there for all to see.

    March 28, 2011

  • Awesome. I bet we could get reesetee to come along and play the ████████.

    March 28, 2011

  • Yes, and be sure to bring plenty of ██████.

    March 28, 2011

  • Absolutely! Shall we meet at your cabin in ████████?

    March 28, 2011

  • Hurrah!

    Why not come trainspotting with me some time?

    March 28, 2011

  • I adore you.

    March 28, 2011

  • I've known since the age of about five.

    March 28, 2011

  • Who knew?

    March 28, 2011