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Plate may refer to a range of generally thin and flat objects upon where food or other items—including additional plates—can be placed.




Biology and medicine[edit]


  • Tectonic plate, are pieces of Earth's crust and uppermost mantle, together referred to as the lithosphere


  • Plate, a physical approximation of a theoretical plate in separation processes
  • Plate electrode, a type of electrode used in vacuum tubes
  • Plate theory, a theory used in continuum mechanics to explain thin solids
  • Plate trick, a mathematical demonstration of quaternions and particle spins
  • Wilhelmy plate, used to measure tension at an interface between air and a liquid or between two liquids

Metal plates[edit]

  • Plate (metal), a rectangular flat metal stock that is more than 6 mm or 0.25 in thick, not as thin as sheet metal
    • Plate, an element of a folding machine
    • Plate armour, a body armor made from metal plates
    • Vehicle registration plate (license plate), a sign attached to a vehicle in order to identify it
      • L-plate (learner plate), a sign attached to a vehicle to indicate that the driver has a provisional driving license
  • Plated, item with a deposition of metallic layers




  • Plate (structure), a type of structural element
    • Anchor plate, a large plate connected to a tie rod or bolt for structural reinforcement
    • Sill plate, the bottom horizontal member of a wall or building to which vertical members are attached
    • Wall plate, a vertical component used in building construction


  • Anodes, electrodes used in vacuum tubes (thermionic valves) and similar devices

Printing and photography[edit]


  • Approach plate, a chart used by a pilot to perform an instrument approach and landing on a runway
  • Plate B, Plate C, ... , Plate H, different loading gauges used on North American railroads

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