A smooth, flat, relatively thin, rigid body of uniform thickness. A sheet of hammered, rolled, or cast metal. A very thin applied or deposited coat of metal. A flat piece of metal forming part of a machine: a boiler plate. A flat piece of metal on which something is engraved. A license plate. A thin piece of metal used for armor. Armor made of such pieces. Printing A sheet of metal, plastic, rubber, paperboard, or other material prepared for use as a printing surface, such as an electrotype or a stereotype. Printing A print of a woodcut, lithograph, or other engraved material, especially when reproduced in a book. Printing A full-page book illustration, often in color and printed on paper different from that used on the text pages. Photography A light-sensitive sheet of glass or metal on which a photographic image can be recorded. Dentistry A thin metallic or plastic support fitted to the gums to anchor artificial teeth. Architecture In wood-frame construction, a horizontal member, capping the exterior wall studs, upon which the roof rafters rest. Baseball Home plate. A shallow dish in which food is served or from which it is eaten. The contents of such a dish: ate a plate of spaghetti. A whole course served on such a dish. Service and food for one person at a meal: dinner at a set price per plate. Household articles, such as hollowware, covered with a precious metal, such as silver or gold. A dish passed among the members of a group or congregation for the collection of offerings. Sports A dish, cup, or other article of silver or gold offered as a prize. Sports A contest, especially a horserace, offering such a prize. A thin cut of beef from the brisket. Biology A thin flat layer or scale, as that of a fish.