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Plat, Platt(e, n.2 Also: (plantt-, placht). [ME. and e.m.E. plat (14–15th c.), platte, OF. plat n. (14th c. in Littré) flat surface, dish etc., med. L. plattum, f. OF. plat Plat a.: cf. Plate n.1] = Plate n.1 in various senses.

1. A flat sheet or slab of metal. b. A flat metal base (of an object). For ingraving of ane platt of bras vpoun my lordis sepulteur … for varnising of the same plaitt; 1569–70 Soc. Ant. VI. 53.
Plattes of yron 3 inches thicke or therby used in place of a forestonne in a leed herth; 1646 J. Hope Diary (1958) 188.
b. [He has brought with him] ane tabernacle of the quantite of the palme of ane hand of gold the platt tharof, and within the crucifix with the history of the Passion fynlie vrocht in imagrie; 1594–5 Cal. Sc. P. XI. 559.

c. Attrib. in plat throuch lok (see also Throuch n.); cf. Plat-lock and Plate-lok. — Ten plat throutht lokkis the price of the pece xiiii s.; 1534–5 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 127.

2. Sheet metal: comb. with copper and leid. Four score aucht pece of plat coppir weyand [etc.]; 1542 Treas. Acc. VIII. 152.
For plat laid, xii gros; Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 22 a.
Eleven thowsand pound weight or thairby of platte Hungaria copper … the plaitt thairof to be of such thicknes [etc.]; 1649 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 184.

3. A piece of plate-armour. The hardy Scottis … Perssyt plattis with poyntis stiff off steill; Wall. vii. 577.
Ib. viii. 211, x. 854.

4. A household plate or platter; a shallow dish. Also py platt, q.v. Pots and pannis and plattis and pewdir weschell; 1511 Paterson Ayr & Wigton III. 22.
Vnacum iiij duodenis plattis iiij duodenis dischis; 1511 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 377.
A pedyr placht; 1525 Wigtown B. Ct. 198 a.
Twa doubill planttis maid to refraine heit watter in maner of schoufer; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 72.
Catinus … a plat or charger; Duncan App. Etym.
6 persell gilt plattis; 1610 Hist. Kinloss A. xii.
Of peuter plattis tualfe; 1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 26 Sept.
[In a dream] his head appeared … in the floore upon a platte or table sueeming in blood; 1652 J. Hope Diary 153.
That night the oubliour was their and she would not send another plat; 1665 Lauder Jrnl. 114.
Of platts, being puder; 1672 Haigs of Bemersyde 474.
Lemp lats; Ib. 475.
A hollow baptisme platt; 1689 Cramond Kirk S. III. 26 Dec.
A baptisme platt; 1692 Ib. 7 Jan.

5. a. A flat roof. b. A landing (on a stair). = Platform(e n. 1 c. They find the steipill head suld be ruiffit and theikit with leid, avisand quither or no it suld be a platt or a upstanding ruiff as abefoir; 1638 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 410.
For bigging a pair of guid lairge staires … with large platts to serve the second and thrid stories; 1649 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 184.
That … entry to his said upper loft be by a scale staire … stretching northward and landeing by ane platte above the lower doore; 1701 Cramond Kirk S. IV. 23 July.

6. a. Silver or gold vessels, collectively. Sche causit all the plat and siluer weschell … to be takin fra hym; Buch. Indict. 39.
The silver platt that did service me with the naprye that [etc.]; 1586–7 Cal. Sc. P. IX. 266.
I will vnto the said Mr. Maxuell so mutche plat as salbe of trew value of ane hundreth pundis sterling; 1624 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 503.
A horse race to be run at Leith … for a pice of silver plat; 1682 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 38.

b. Bullion. [To] pay for everie vnce of English silver plat fyftie seven s. 9 d. Scottis money and for everie vnce of Scottis plat 55 s. 6 d. money foirsaid; 1639 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 113.

c. Plat-werk, = a above. [To bring to the Mint] all sortis of gold and sylvir ayther in plat werk or cunyie; 1578 Reg. Privy C. III. 32.
1580 Ib. 284.

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