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Plate may refer to a range of objects, which have in common being thin and flat and also food or other products can be placed on one. The tectonic plates are large plates in the Earth that may hold up water or land.


Biology and medicine[edit]



  • 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
  • Wilhelmy plate, used to measure tension at an interface between air and a liquid or between two liquids


  • Wall plate, a vertical component used in building construction


  • Approach plate, a chart used by a pilot to perform an instrument approach and landing on a runway


  • Another name for anode; electrodes used in vacuum tubes (thermionic valves) and similar devices.

Printing and photography[edit]

  • Printing plate, a printing medium:
    • in intaglio
    • in lithography
    • Plate, a (part of a) "tipped-in page", a separately-printed page in a book used to carry one or more images rather than text.
      • Folding plate, a tipped-in, folded, larger-than-a-page illustration
  • Photographic plate, a medium from which a photograph may be developed
    • Plate camera, an early type of camera that used photographic plates


  • Plate B, Plate C, ... , Plate H, different loading gauges used on North American railroads. I

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



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