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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLATE

"I'll take another piece of fish, mother," said Robert, passing his plate.

Your eggs are carried from the kitchen to the dining-room table on a plate.

Will Nature teach them the mystery of a plate of turtle-soup?

He folded the letter, laid it down by the side of his plate, and began to eat again.

She brought a plate full of rice, and a big piece of chicken.

Pushing his plate to one side, Stineli's father put his cap on his head.

Each of the guests had now taken his bunch of grapes upon his plate.

It was suggested by a plate of apples that he happened to spy on the mantel-piece.

Helen Curtis finished her coffee, and laid her napkin beside her plate.

"You never told me your name," he said, when she returned with the plate of cakes.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "flat sheet of gold or silver," also "flat, round coin," from Old French plate "thin piece of metal" (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin plata "plate, piece of metal," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *plattus, formed on model of Greek platys "flat, broad" (see plaice (n.)). The cognate in Spanish (plata) and Portuguese (prata) has become the usual word for "silver," superseding argento via shortening of *plata d'argento "plate of silver, coin." Meaning "table utensils" (originally of silver or gold only) is from Middle English. Meaning "shallow dish for food," now usually of china or earthenware, originally of metal or wood, is from mid-15c. Baseball sense is from 1857. Geological sense is first attested 1904; plate tectonics first recorded 1969. Plate-glass first recorded 1727.

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