One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin layer of gold, electroplated or otherwise applied as a coating to another metal.
- ‘Fans both young and old stood in awe at the trophy, which stands some three feet high and is made of 23-carat sterling silver, gold plate and the precious green stone malachite.’
- ‘On the left side of the frame is the Thunder Ranch logo in gold plate.’
- 1.1 Plates, dishes, or other objects made of or plated with gold.
- ‘An inconspicuous gold plate next to it read ‘rare books.’’
- ‘There is a sign by the door, embedded writing on a gold plate, but she is too far away to read it.’
- ‘On it, she found a small gold plate with the initials B. L. engraved on it.’
- ‘Six large hampers were packed, brimming with various cold dishes, which were then served on gold plate brought from the Palace.’
- ‘Mrs. Brawnings readily put down a wad of cash onto the little gold plate and led the way out to the car park.’
- ‘I turned around and glanced quickly at the gold plate on her desk.’
- ‘She turned around, and just as she did, she saw a laser shoot out of the wall and reflect off of a gold plate, then a diamond ring, then one of the crystals.’
Cover (something) with a thin layer of gold.
- ‘In a system like this, it is unlikely that the gold-plating the connectors makes any difference at all, in terms of sound, durability, or otherwise, yet MidiLand does it anyway, which makes it all the more impressive.’
- ‘It was covered with anodised aluminum in 1956, and about ten years ago, the late King Hussein of Jordan, sold one of his houses in London and gold-plated it with 80 kilos of gold.’
- ‘The electroplating guys had gold-plated it to Aldo Nova's specifications.’
- ‘The work of preparing the copper rings (some renewal of the old, some new) around the wooden mast and gold-plating them is going on.’
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