Plate vs Paten - What's the difference?

plate | paten |

As an adjective plate

is (heraldry) (strewn) with plates.

As a noun paten is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia plate)

Etymology 1

(etyl) plate < .


(en noun)
  • A flat dish from which food is served or eaten.
  • I filled my plate from the bountiful table.
  • (uncountable) Such dishes collectively.
  • The contents of such a dish.
  • I ate a plate of beans.
  • A course at a meal.
  • The meat plate was particularly tasty.
  • (figuratively) An agenda of tasks, problems, or responsibilities
  • With revenues down and transfer payments up, the legislature has a full plate .
  • A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
  • A clutch usually has two plates .
  • A vehicle license plate.
  • He stole a car and changed the plates as soon as he could.
  • A layer of a material on the surface of something, usually qualified by the type of the material; plating
  • The bullets just bounced off the steel plate on its hull .
  • A material covered with such a layer.
  • If you're not careful, someone will sell you silverware that's really only silver plate .
  • (dated) A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
  • The tea was served in the plate .
  • (weightlifting) A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  • (printing) An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
  • We finished making the plates this morning.
  • (printing, photography) An image or copy.
  • (printing, publishing) An illustration in a book, either black and white, or colour, usually on a page of paper of different quality from the text pages.
  • (dentistry) A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
  • (construction) A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
  • (Cockney rhyming slang) A foot, from "plates of meat".
  • Sit down and give your plates a rest.
  • (baseball) Home plate.
  • There was a close play at the plate .
  • (geology) A tectonic plate.
  • (historical) Plate armour.
  • He was confronted by two knights in full plate .
  • * Milton
  • mangled through plate and mail
  • (herpetology) Any of various larger scales found in some reptiles.
  • (engineering, electricity) An electrode such as can be found in an accumulator battery, or in an electrolysis tank.
  • (engineering, electricity) The anode of a vacuum tube.
  • Regulating the oscillator plate voltage greatly improves the keying.
  • (obsolete) A coin, usually a silver coin.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Realms and islands were as plates dropp'd from his pocket.
  • (heraldiccharge) A roundel of silver or tinctured argent.
  • A prize given to the winner in a contest.
  • (chemistry) Any flat piece of material like coated glass or plastic.
  • Derived terms
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  • To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
  • This ring is plated with a thin layer of gold.
  • To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
  • After preparation, the chef will plate the dish.
  • To perform cunnilingus.
  • He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
  • (baseball) To score a run.
  • The single plated the runner from second base.
  • (aviation, travel industry) To specify which airline a ticket will be issued on behalf of.
  • Tickets are normally plated on an itinerary's first international airline.
    Derived terms
    * electroplate

    Etymology 2

    (etyl), partly from (etyl) .


  • Precious metal, especially silver.
  • * 1864 , Andrew Forrester, The Female Detective :
  • At every meal—and I have heard the meals at Petleighcote were neither abundant nor succulent—enough plate stood upon the table to pay for the feeding of the poor of the whole county for a month
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  • At the northern extremity of this chill province the gold plate of the Groans, pranked across the shining black of the long table, smoulders as though it contains fire


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    (wikipedia paten)


    (en noun)
  • The plate used to hold the host during the Eucharist.
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  • (archaeology) Any shallow dish found in an archaeological site.