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faceplate
Last modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 

A metal plate that fits over a motherboard’s ports to supply a secure casing around the ports. A motherboard’s faceplate helps keep the motherboard enclosed within a PC and helps prevent dust from accumulating on the motherboard. Some manufacturers provide faceplates with motherboards and others do not. Faceplates typically are installed into the back of a computer’s case.

The term also is spelled as two words -- face plate.

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