One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin layer of silver electroplated or otherwise applied as a coating to another metal.
- ‘They carry a jug and bowl of silver plate, luxury objects of great costliness in ancient Rome, either as a gift for Agrippa or perhaps, as Ebers suggests, to pour a libation before him as if he were a god.’
- ‘At the top of the stairs rested her throne, wrought of the finest ivory and decorated with gold and silver plate.’
- ‘The Christogram also appears on items of silver plate, spoons being particularly graced with such symbols, a fact that has been interpreted as evidence of widespread baptism among the upper classes.’
- ‘For unclear reasons there was neither motivation by American flatware manufacturers to transfer the style from silver plate into stainless steel nor demand by consumers for them to do so.’
- ‘For example, the thickness of the silver plate that is deposited electrochemically on a spoon is greater if the electrical current is allowed to flow longer.’
- 1.1 Objects coated with silver.
- ‘At this point, he traded with local Inuit for officers' silver plate, the treasured medal making Franklin a Knight Commander of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, and other relics.’
- ‘The finds from the Shaft Graves at Mycenae contained massive quantities of gold and silver plate, including the gold death mask of Agamemnon.’
- ‘Valuable furnishings, books, pictures, silver plate, rare china were destroyed in the blaze.’
- ‘Millions of pounds worth of gold and silver plate was lost.’
- ‘Cahill's 20-year criminal career is believed to have netted him more than €40m, and Gardai believe some gold bullion and silver plate still lies buried in the Dublin mountains.’
- 1.2 Plates, dishes, etc. made of silver.
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- ‘He photographed the silver plate, pulled his hands away and put it back in the safe.’
- ‘His men entered dwellings, taking everything of value that could be moved, such as silver plate and jewelry.’
- ‘It also means having to repress the vision of oneself staring back that appears in the mirrored surface of the silver plate.’
- ‘The restoration work on the castle is progressing and he is now calling on her to return the silver plate to its rightful home.’
Cover (something) with a thin layer of silver.
- ‘He said the coins are advertised as nearly pure silver when they're only silver-plated.’
- ‘Some spoons were nickel-, chrome-, or silver-plated.’
- ‘Wood veneer sweeps right round the cabin, leather covers the floor as well as the seats, and many jewel-like details are silver-plated.’
- ‘The tea arrived in a single, silver-plated pot.’
- ‘For example, the technique is used to silver-plate table utensils and to weatherproof objects with cadmium or chromium plating.’
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