from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An armoured
platethat forms part of a mortice lock
- noun geology A
tectonic platethat forms or moves under another
- verb geology To act as an underplate
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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