Plate Tectonics

Science / Biology / Plate Tectonics: The movement of the plates that make up the surface of the Earth. The revolutionary paradigm in geology that the earths crust is composed of rigid segments (plates) in constant (although considered slow in a human-scale time frame) motion (tectonics) relative to each other.

Other Words for Plate

Plate Noun Synonyms: layer, leaf, sheet, pane, panel, lamina, slab
Plate Adjective Synonyms: platter, dish, trencher, charger


Science / Geology / Tectonics: The study of the movements and deformation of the crust on a large scale, including epeirogeny, metamorphism, folding, faulting, and plate tectonics. MORE


Science / Biology / Platelets: In vertebrates, cell fragments that bud off from the megakaryocytes in the bone marrow; carry chemicals needed for blood clotting. Cell fragment functioning in blood clotting. MORE


Entertainment / Photography / Plates: Early photographic glass plates coated with emulsion. MORE


Entertainment / Photography / Quarterplate: Negative or print format measuring 3¼ x 4¼ inches. It's one quarter the size of a full plate (8½ x 6½ inches). MORE

Schumann Plate

Entertainment / Photography / Schumann Plate: Plate coated with an emulsion with so little gelatin content that the silver halide grains protrude above its surface. Used for photography in the ultraviolet region. MORE

Plateau Basalt

Science / Geology / Plateau Basalt: A sequence of parallel to subparallel basalt flows that were formed during a geologically brief interval of time and which covered an extensive geographic area. Thought to have formed from simultaneou MORE