1 The steel sheets used in shipbuilding. They are riveted to the frames and deck beams to form the sides and decks. In most modern ship construction, the plates are welded together not riveted. Armour plate, the thick plates of case-hardened steel used for side, deck, and turret armour to protect warships, such as battleships and cruisers, in the days when guns were the principle weapon of warfare at sea.
2 The name sometimes given to the dagger-board or centreboard of a sailing boat.
3 Another name for chain-plates.
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