Pronunciation: (fās'plāt"), [key]
1. (on a lathe) a perforated plate, mounted on the live spindle, to which the work is attached.
2. the part of a protective headpiece, as a diver's or astronaut's helmet, that covers the upper portion of the face, often of transparent material and sometimes movable.
3. Also called face. Electronics.the glass front of a cathode ray tube upon which the image is displayed.
4. a protective plate, as one surrounding an electric outlet or light switch. Cf. switch plate.
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