from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An armoured plate that forms part of a mortice lock
- n. A tectonic plate that forms or moves under another
- v. To act as an underplate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flat, round plate of glazed porcelain, used in chemical laboratories to place under acid bottles or other vessels from which corrosive liquids might drip upon a table.
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To this day she still has strong opinions about how to make matzah balls, which must be very, very light, and about how certain desserts like individual chocolate puddings must be served with an "underplate," a term that set off a firestorm of giggles at more than one Thanksgiving dinner.
The frames of the houses are of wood, the underplate resting on pillars of about six or eight feet in height, which have a sort of capital but no base, and are wider at top than at bottom.
If our best guess is correct, not only is the board built on a ceramic underplate, but all of those off-white structures on the board are "micro-porous ceramic" heat sinks as well.
The set contains the sauce dish, lid, and underplate.
The dish measures approximately 7½ "x 7"; and the underplate is approximately 7 "x