Etymology
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plating (n.)

1825, "the art or operation of covering articles with a thin coating or film of metal;" 1833, "thin coating of one metal laid upon another," verbal noun from plate (v.).

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Definitions of plating

plating (n.)
a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface;
Synonyms: metal plating
plating (n.)
the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis);
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