plate / pleɪt /

a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten.
the contents of such a dish; plateful.
an entire course of a meal served on such a dish:
I had the vegetable plate for lunch.
the food and service for one person, as at a banquet, fund-raising dinner, or the like:
The wedding breakfast cost $20 a plate.

verb (used with object), plat·ed, plat·ing.
to coat (metal) with a thin film of gold, silver, nickel, etc., by mechanical or chemical means.
to cover or overlay with metal plates for protection.

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