Meaning of backplate

back•plate

Pronunciation: (bak'plāt"), [key]
— n.
  1. a wood or metal plate serving as a backing for a structural member.
  2. a piece of plate armor for protecting the back: worn as part of a cuirass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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