from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bed-plate for a steam-engine or heavy machine, usually of cast-iron.
- n. An anvil or base-plate upon which ornaments are arranged in a stamping- or embossing-press.
- n. A plate used in a foundation which is built up of plates and angles, as the engine foundations in a ship.
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It consists of forming a set of oars, and by cams upon themselves, and a foundation-plate with cams to match, cause the oars to revolve of themselves, when the main wheel, composed of these oars, revolves. "