face plate n.
the transparent window of a spacesuit’s helmet
Back in the control-room, Dunark and Sitar let their pressure decrease gradually to that of the terrestrial vessel and removed the face-plates from their helmets.
Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Aug. 405/2
Another guardsman in black armor came clawing up the rungs in frantic haste. He slammed his face plate up.
Minus Sign in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 68/2
He took a curved stone and spat on it and began scouring his faceplate to remove the accumulated scratches in its hard plastic.
Big Rain in Astounding Science-Fiction 26/2
He looked past the grimy surface of the faceplate and at the pale white face on the other side.
Fallen Spaceman in Worlds of If June 160/2
Tears dropped onto the faceplate of the suit.
Xenocide xv. 339
Nash instinctively threw his arms up in front of his helmet to protect his faceplate from being cracked.
Labyrinth of Night 270
The sun was overhead, too bright to look at even through her faceplate.
Red Mars .89
I still had to use my free hand to clear silt from my faceplate.
Galaxy Blues 102
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Jack Williamson's "Minus Sign". Alan Cox submitted a cite from a 1974 edition of E.E. 'Doc' Smith's "Skylark Three": Alistair Durie verified the cite in the original 1930 serialization in Amazing Stories.
Earliest cite in OED: 1962.
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