For additional meanings of "Plate", please see Plate.
"This is a plate. It contains food."
– James T. Kirk to Elaan, 2268 ("Elaan of Troyius")

A plate was a flat dish, similar to a platter, on which food was placed.

Plates were in use in the mess hall aboard Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice", "Fortunate Son")

In 2268, James T. Kirk suggested he could teach Elaan table manners, beginning with the function of a plate. (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius")

In 2269, Montgomery Scott suggested to a frustrated Leonard McCoy that a tardy James T. Kirk, Spock, and the supposed Abraham Lincoln were in the galley "looking up a plate of haggis." (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

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