from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An electrically heated plate for cooking or warming food.
- n. A tabletop cooking device with one or two burners.
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- n. Alternative form of hotplate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a portable electric appliance for heating or cooking or keeping food warm
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As that old hen boiled merrily away on the hot plate and the kids were cuddled down asleep on their table-bed, we put toys under the branch—two cars, two trucks, a fire engine and a red and yellow train.
Sister Mona and her daughter, Cindy, had the smallest trailer, with just a double bed in the back corner and a countertop with a two-burner hot plate and a toaster oven.
Mother heated water on the hot plate and poured it into the number8tub that sat close to the fireplace.
While an iron plate placed over a good fire was getting hot, I mixed the meal with water and a little salt, kneaded it well, and forming a thickish cake, laid it on the hot plate when, one side presently becoming a nice yellow brown colour, it was turned and was quickly baked.
I had a picture in my mind of a spider-infested stairway leading to a dank room with a bare flashlight hanging down, a chamber pot in one corner and a hot plate with questionable wiring in the other.