One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plate protecting a piece of machinery, a light switch, or an electrical outlet.
- ‘Antec also tucked the drive rails on the metal plate behind the plastic faceplate so you'll always know where they are.’
- ‘Then a faceplate is attached with a welder for structural rigidity.’
- ‘The first bit of fiddling involves bending the LED leads and fitting them into their little black housing cups which you have inserted into the holes in the faceplate.’
- ‘According to investigators, the oxygen controller case was ‘compromised by impact and the faceplate was contaminated.’’
- ‘The only note here is that you will need a screwdriver to remove the faceplate.’
- ‘The telegraphs with their enamel faceplates remained bolted to the floors, and that's not something you often see on a shipwreck off Britain.’
- ‘On the front of the case, we have a door that can open and close to hide any unsightly beige optical drive faceplates.’
- ‘The elegant design features a breakthrough wireless controller and an array of Faces, interchangeable faceplates that let gamers personalize their console.’
- ‘Based on computer modeling and lab testing, we have found that carbon faceplates with four bolts are much stronger.’
- ‘There is a thin aluminum plate behind the faceplates that you must wiggle back and forth to snap out, why they put those in there I am not sure.’
- ‘Hansen suggests the radio can fit into the faceplate itself, or be relocated to a drop-down headliner panel.’
- ‘The bay's faceplates are easily removed by depressing tabs on either side, allowing them to be pulled out.’
- ‘Worldwide sales of faceplates - pieces of hard plastic that snap onto the front of cell phones - climbed to roughly $1.7 billion.’
- ‘Is this common when carbon handlebars are mated with stems with four-bolt faceplates?’
- ‘In others, thin faceplates and backplates are bonded to ribbed support structures, in which the support units are made by the assembly of small rib parts or by bulk-material removal using abrasive water-jet machining.’
- ‘After four months of research, Engstrom's team decided to redesign cell-phone handsets and to create compatible taco-shaped faceplates dubbed ‘smart skins.’’
- ‘Take a moment to gauge the temperature of the faceplates on your electrical outlets.’
- ‘A faceplate according to the present invention is shown for covering an opening in a metal electrical equipment frame, such as a network router, which is inexpensive to produce and easy to install and remove.’
- ‘I got out my handheld computer, which I found to only be useful for this sort of thing, and attached a few of the wires to key points on the back of the faceplate.’
- ‘Hold the router in position with the lower part of the faceplate flat against the newly laminated strip and the bit held just above the excess.’
2An enlarged end or attachment on the end of the mandrel on a lathe, with slots and holes on which work can be mounted.
- ‘Replace the faceplate on the lathe, spread some glue in the mortise and use the tail stock to clamp the mandrel in place.’
- ‘To make a Drive Mandrel, start by mounting a wooden faceplate on your lathe.’
- ‘It uses a swash plate design that imparts reciprocating motion via the inclination of a faceplate on a shaft relative to the axis of rotation.’
3The transparent window of a diver's or astronaut's helmet.
- ‘At that moment, a feeling tickled the back of his mind, and without thinking he slammed his faceplate down and dove for the airlock.’
- ‘There was a huge pit in the faceplate of my helmet, almost over my left eye, and a stinging sensation from my left arm.’
- ‘Her chest armour also bore a similar crest, as did her helmet, which was slender and white with a grey faceplate and mirrored black visor.’
- ‘He was glad the suits' faceplates were opaque; he didn't want to see Charu's and Danielle's faces.’
- ‘If you saw a constant stream of gas coming from the faceplate of a diver you were assisting to the surface, what would you think?’
- ‘The clear helmet faceplate displayed simple details such as velocity, battery life, and mileage.’
- ‘Tarus smiled beneath the thick fiberglass faceplate of his helmet.’
- ‘Hawke handed her a black crash helmet and touched a button, lowering a dark reflective faceplate.’
- ‘There was a long pause and the image of the Captain's face projected on the faceplate of my helmet was thoughtful.’
- ‘He opened the cracked faceplate of the fallen astronaut and gazed in horror at what lay within.’
- ‘She had a faceplate on her helmet, blocking most of her face from my view, but her eyes seemed familiar, even though they wore an angry guise.’
- ‘Drops of mercury rain ran down their faceplates as they all looked out across the cooled rocky terrain from the cave's mouth.’
- ‘Quite what a flying jellyfish looks like as it impacts the faceplate of your snorkel mask is still a mystery to me, but they seemed to be enjoying it.’
- ‘Suddenly a large piece of wood was pulled off of Griffin's faceplate revealing Haz wearing a badly torn hazard suit.’
- ‘The helmet / faceplate on its head had glowing, robotic eyes, which allowed the pilot to have a better view of the action.’
- ‘Yet it wasn't really a face at all, he dimly realized, but rather an incredibly elaborate helmet and faceplate crafted from dusty white bones and sharp metal studs.’
- ‘One of the soldiers touched his faceplate to Jack's faceplate.’
4The part of a cathode ray tube that carries the phosphor screen.
- ‘The present invention relates to a substrate of a luminous face-plate of a colour projection cathode ray tube and the luminous face-plate which is composed of this substrate.’
- ‘The faceplate portion has a screen to display an image, and the panel portion has a shadow mask installed therein.’
- ‘An improved cathode-ray tube includes an envelope comprising a faceplate panel, a funnel and a neck.’
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