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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The roller in a typewriter that serves as the backing for the paper against which the type bars strike.
  • n. Computer Science The roller in a printer against which the print head strikes.
  • n. A flat plate or rolling cylinder in a printing press that positions the paper and holds it against the inked type.
  • n. The glass surface of a flatbed scanner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
  • n. The part of a typewriter or printer on which the paper rests to receive an impression.
  • n. The movable table of a planer or other machine tool, on which the work is fastened, and presented to the action of the tool.
  • n. The flat glass surface of a scanner or photocopier on which operators place items to be scanned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
  • n. Hence, an analogous part of a typewriter, on which the paper rests to receive an impression.
  • n. The movable table of a machine tool, as a planer, on which the work is fastened, and presented to the action of the tool; -- also called table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In printing, the flat part of a press which comes down upon the form, and by which the impression is made
  • n. An alloy used in making buttons, composed of eight parts of copper and five parts of zinc.
  • n. The feed-roll of a typewriter against which the paper rests while receiving an impression.
  • n. The table of a machine-tool to which the piece to be cut is fastened.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the roller on a typewriter against which the keys strike
  • n. work table of a machine tool
  • n. the flat plate of a printing press that presses the paper against the type

Etymologies

Middle English plateine, paten, from Old French platine, metal plate, from plat, flat; see plate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French platine, from plat flat. See plate, and compare platin. (Wiktionary)

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