Full record for vision plate n.

Definition = a viewscreen
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite H. G. Winter, "Seed of the Arctic Ice"
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Murray Leinster's "Planet of Sand".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 reprint of Lawrence O'Donnell's (aka Kuttner/Moore) 1943 "Clash by Night".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1935 cite from Alexander M. Phillips' "Martian Gesture".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1950 reprint of Clifford D. Simak's 1939 "Cosmic Engineers".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Ross Rocklynne's "Distress Signal".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Richard E. Lowe's "The Ninety-Minute War".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite for "vision-plate" from "Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter (pseudonym of Harry Bates and Desmond Winter Hall), though in the story this appears to be a view port in a submarine
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Citations for vision plate n.

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1943 ‘L. O'Donnell’ Clash By Night in Astounding Sci.-Fiction Mar. 28/1 Scott, craning his neck at a painfully awkward angle and trying to see through the mud-smeared vision plates, kept a rattrap grip on his end of the pole, hoping its slickness would not slip through his fingers.
1948 A. E. van Vogt Rull in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 10/2 It was shortly after midnight—Laertes III had a twenty-six hour, sidereal time, day—when Jamieson saw a movement at the perimeter of his all-wave vision plate. Finger on blaster control, he waited for the object to come into sharper focus.
1956 R. E. Lowe Ninety-Minute War in Fantastic Universe Apr. 107/2 The smoke boiled and roiled and plummeted above the planet of Likk, and shock waves made blurs across the vision plate.