One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A metal plate forming the base of an electric iron, machine saw, or other machine.
- ‘The soleplate comes to a point, making it easy to iron button bands and gathers.’
- ‘A press cloth also prevents the build-up of fabric finishes and spray starch on the iron soleplate.’
2A horizontal timber at the base of a wall frame.
- ‘It is important that the foundations are constructed accurately to the timber frame soleplate to ensure a successful and smooth running project.’
- ‘The soleplates may be fixed by shot-firing through the timber into the concrete slab or using stainless steel soleplate fixing shoes.’
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