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

  • n. A thin layer of metal, such as gold or silver, deposited on or applied to a surface.
  • n. A coating of metal sheets or plates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of plate.
  • n. An act of determining where a postage stamp is positioned on a sheet.
  • n. A thin coating of metal laid upon another metal.
  • n. A coating or defensive armour of metal plates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or process of covering anything with a plate or plates, or with metal, particularly of overlaying a base or dull metal with a thin plate of precious or bright metal, as by mechanical means or by electro-magnetic deposition.
  • n. A thin coating of metal laid upon another metal.
  • n. A coating or defensive armor of metal (usually steel) plates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or operation of covering articles with a thin coating or film of metal, especially of overlaying articles made of the baser metals with a thin coating of gold, silver, or nickel.
  • n. A thin coating of one metal laid upon another.
  • n. In bacterial., the pouring of liquefied gelatin or agar-agar containing a mixed culture of bacteria upon a glass plate or into a Petri dish, where the medium hardens and thus permits the isolation of specific organisms. Also plating-out.
  • n. In iron ship-building, the plates, collectively, arranged in strakes covering any part: as, side-plating, the plates forming the outer skin of the vessel above the turn of the bilge; bottom-plating, the plates forming the outer bottom of a vessel below the turn of the bilge; deck-plating, the covering of the deck-beams, etc.

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

  • n. the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis)
  • n. a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface


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  • The plain gilt button, which was extensively used in the early part of the present century, was made from an alloy called plating metal, which contained a larger proportion of copper and less zinc than ordinary brass.

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  • "Cubic water" crystal clear above the cloak also dotted with countless white bright spot, known as plating, they can change the direction of the light, the effect of a thermal insulation astigmatism.


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  • Taking that basic idea of flavoring as opposed to Western cuisine, (in) which you just boil an egg, so by flavoring with a little tea and soy, and by deconstructing it, separating the yolk from the white, I came up with a Western-style plating which is a parfait which is a layered construction.

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  • Reconstructing a stamp pane by collecting blocks and individual stamps representing various positions. The process is possible for many older issues of stamps, but most modern issues are too uniform to make the identification of individual positions possible.

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