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Plat \Plat\, n. Work done by platting or braiding; a plait.

Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat.


Plat \Plat\, n. [Cf. Plat flat, which perh. caused this spelling, and Plot a piece of ground.] A small piece or plot of ground laid out with some design, or for a special use; usually, a portion of flat, even ground.

This flowery plat, the sweet recess of Eve.

I keep smooth plat of fruitful ground.


Plat \Plat\, v. t. To lay out in plats or plots, as ground.


Plat \Plat\, a. [F. plat. See Plate, n.] Plain; flat; level. [Obs.]


Plat \Plat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Platted; p. pr. & vb. n. Platting.] [See Plait.] To form by interlaying interweaving; to braid; to plait. ``They had platted a crown of thorns.''
--Matt. xxvii. 29.


Plat \Plat\, adv.

  1. Plainly; flatly; downright. [Obs.]

    But, sir, ye lie, I tell you plat.
    --Rom. of R.

  2. Flatly; smoothly; evenly. [Obs.]


Plat \Plat\, n.

  1. The flat or broad side of a sword. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

  2. A plot; a plan; a design; a diagram; a map; a chart. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] ``To note all the islands, and to set them down in plat.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"piece of ground," 1510s, from plot (q.v.), assimilated to Middle English adjective plat "flat," which is from Old French plat "flat, stretched out" (see plateau (n.)). See OED for full explanation.


"to interweave," late 14c., variant of plait (v.). Related: Platted; platting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A braid; a plait (of hair). 2 Material produced by braiding or interweaving, especially a material of interwoven straw from which straw hats are made. vb. To braid, to plait. Etymology 2

n. 1 A plot of land; a lot. 2 A map showing property lines (delineating one or more plots of land), especially as a legal document. 3 (term-label en obsolete) A plot, a scheme. vb. To create a plat (formal plan or property lines), to lay out streets and building lots; to map. Etymology 3

  1. (tcx obsolete English) flat; level; (lb en by extension) on the level, frank. adv. (tcx obsolete English) Plainly; flatly.

  1. n. a map showing planned or actual features of an area (streets and building lots etc.)

  2. [also: platting, platted]

  1. v. make a plat of; "Plat the town" [syn: plot]

  2. [also: platting, platted]


A plat ( or ) in the United States (plan or cadastral map) is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. United States General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision.

After the filing of a plat, legal descriptions can refer to block and lot-numbers rather than portions of sections. In order for plats to become legally valid, a local governing body, such as a public works department, urban planning commission, or zoning board must normally review and approve them.

Plat (disambiguation)

Plat most commonly refers to maps produced to subdivide an area of land into saleable lots.

Plat may also refer to:

  • Tissue plasminogen activator (abbreviated PLAT), a protein involved in the breakdown of blood clots
  • Plat, Rogaška Slatina, a settlement in the Rogaška Slatina municipality in Slovenia
  • Plat, Mežica, a settlement in the Mežica municipality in Slovenia
  • Plat, Croatia, a small resort town in Župa Dubrovačka, Croatia
  • The Plat, a colloquial nickname for the Belmont plateau located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Usage examples of "plat".

The plat camera showed two fighters on the cat with the USW assets lined up behind.

This stylish platting technique is modeled after the marine barracks at Camp Lejeune.

A revocation by the Secretary of the Interior of previous approval of plats and papers showing that a railroad was entitled to land under a grant was held void as an attempt to deprive the company of its property without due process of law.

Three-dimensional pieces like bureau plats, center tables, and unusual secretaires were augmented by the careful placement of sinuously carved chairs, elaborate torchbres, and plump stools called tabourets.

Sabrina had ever been inside an interrogation room and what she found in Fribourg shattered the Hollywood image of four whitewashed walls with a table and two wooden chairs in the centre of a bare concrete floor and a single, naked bulb hanging from a piece of platted flex.

Like the dish of sugared rose-leaves that Eastern epicures insert in a succession of highly-seasoned plats, it turned upon birds and springtime--upon bucolic joys and pastoral pleasures.

She most, and in her look sums all delight: Such pleasure took the Serpent to behold This flowery plat, the sweet recess of Eve Thus early, thus alone: Her heavenly form Angelick, but more soft, and feminine, Her graceful innocence, her every air Of gesture, or least action, overawed His malice, and with rapine sweet bereaved His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought: That space the Evil-one abstracted stood From his own evil, and for the time remained Stupidly good.

It hasn't been used in probably twenty years or more—not since the mines southeast of Plat City were played out—but it wouldn't take much to get one of the crushers and a cyanidation tank or two back in operation.

How Martel stumbled on a vein this rich I don't know, but the point is that unless he takes the gold down the far side of the Tessellate Mountains, he has to run it through the assay office in either Plat City or Rand, and he's too cautious not to have installed at least one listening ear in each city's police department.

The old man hated Czemy, and so did I, but Czemy was the plat du jour on the bill of fare then, and so Czemy it was until my joints were rubber.

He moved up to Daniel's desk and unrolled a copy of a plat map from the City Planner's Office.

Twenty-three hours out from Polneye, Plat Mallar turned on the cockpit recorder of the TIE interceptor.

Inside was a wonderful surprise, for the menu included both ordinary fare and a single plat du jour of the highest gourmet quality, with wines to match.

The plat du jour having gone down the hatch, accompanied by some fluid ounces of strengthening coffee, I was about to reach for the marmalade, when I heard the telephone tootling out in the hall and rose to attend to it.

She flattened herself on the far side of the car as light flooded out of the building, illuminating the plat form and the slightly bulging side of the car on which she lay.