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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plate \Plate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plated; p. pr. & vb. n. Plating.] 1. To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover or overlay with plates of metal; to arm with metal for defense. [1913 Webster] Thus plated in habiliments of war. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To adorn with plated metal; as, a plated harness. [1913 Webster] 4. To beat into thin, flat pieces, or lamin[ae]. [1913 Webster] 5. To calender; as, to plate paper. [1913 Webster]