verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·plat·ed, e·lec·tro·plat·ing.
- to plate or coat with a metal by electrolysis.
- electroplated articles or ware.
- (tr) to plate (an object) by electrolysis
- electroplated articles collectively, esp when plated with silver
- coated with metal by electrolysis; electroplated
- The process of coating the surface of a conducting material with a metal. During the process, the surface to be covered acts as a cathode in an electrolytic cell, and the metal that is to cover it acts as an anode. Electroplating is usually used to cover a less expensive metal with a more expensive metal, or to cover a corrosive metal with a less corrosive or noncorrosive metal.
A process whereby a thin coat of metal is applied to a material. The process involves placing the material to be coated in a solution containing ions of the metal and then passing an electric current (see also current) through the system, which causes the ions to adhere to the material.