from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A metal plate bearing the name of the manufacturer, and often giving the size and capacity of the machine, placed on a machine-tool, engine, dynamo, or other machine.
  • noun A plate bearing a person's name; specifically, a plate of metal, as silver-plate or polished brass, upon which a person's name is engraved, placed upon the door or the door-jamb of a residence or a place of business.


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  • Like his archrival Thackeray, who marked the success of "Vanity Fair" in 1847-48 by putting up his name-plate outside the chambers of a barrister friend, Dickens seems to have spent the first decade of an ever-triumphant career worrying that the bubble might be about to burst.

    Snapshots of 'Boz'

  • First he came in with a tummy-ache, said the nurse, whose name-plate on her sweater read Carole, but who had never identified herself verbally to Sadhana as anything other than The School Nurse.

    For the Sake of the Boy

  • Parents also feel that lobbing their children into the school with the best name-plate on the front door that they can afford equates to success.

    Why Isn't Academia Preparing Our Children for Business And Life? Ringing (Out) the IQ Bell

  • Crowley claims to identified himself by name soon after first encountering Gates and the fact that he was in uniform with badge name-plate displayed.

    A discrepancy emerges

  • No name-plate, no other indication of who lived or worked there.

    While Other People Sleep

  • An empty name-plate holder was screwed to the wall next to the door.

    The Night Crew

  • You could smell the newness, and it looked like a floor in any modern office building: polished vinyl-tiled corridors under a string of skylights; beige-painted walls with stenciled black arrows indicating groups of office numbers; looped fire hoses behind glass; occasional drinking fountains; numbered flush doors each with a black-and-white plastic name-plate fastened to the wall beside it.

    Time and Again

  • -- The H F Verwoerd Building name-plate of the provincial offices was also removed on Friday, together with busts of former provincial administrators which had stood in the foyer to the fourth floor where Mr Lekota's office is situated.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • NP-wagon, preferably with a new name-plate and coat of colours.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The stern faced shoreward and on the name-plate everyone could clearly make out the words JOHN B. Jon-Tom let the last words of the song trail away.

    The Day of the Dissonance


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