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Meaning of hot plate

hot' plate"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a portable appliance for cooking, formerly heated by a gas burner placed underneath it, now heated chiefly by an electrical unit in the appliance.
  2. a hot meal, usually consisting of meat, potato, and a vegetable, served all on one plate and usually at a set price at a restaurant or lunch counter.
  3. a plate that can retain heat in order to keep food hot.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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