from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One engaged in the manufacture of metallic plates, or in their application in the arts and manufactures.
  • noun A machine for calendering paper by means of heavy pressure between smooth plates of metal.
  • noun One who plates or coats articles with gold or silver: generally in composition: as, silver-plater, gold-plater, nickel-plater.
  • noun A horse that competes for a plate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Horse Racing) A horse that runs chiefly in plate, esp. selling-plate, races; hence, an inferior race horse.
  • noun One who plates or coats articles with gold or silver.
  • noun A machine for calendering paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun someone who plates metal.
  • noun someone who installs sheet metal and armour plating, particularly on trains, ships, tanks, and similar items
  • noun A machine for calendering paper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a skilled worker who coats articles with a film of metal (usually silver or gold)


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  • "He would lose touch with the horse world for months, only to surface 'with a string of fast ones' in Juarez, Mexico, then go back into his rabbit hole until a reporter spotted him at a running track in Ottawa with 'a bunch of cheap Canadian platers.'"

    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 325

    October 28, 2008