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[bed-pleyt] /ˈbɛdˌpleɪt/
a plate, platform, or frame supporting the lighter parts of a machine.
Also called baseplate.
Origin of bedplate
First recorded in 1840-50; bed + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This resulted in a pair of cylinders flanged to fit the bedplate.

  • The bedplate, cylinder and guides are bored at one operation and cannot get out of alignment.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • Mounted on the end of the bedplate is the oil pump, operated from the main shaft of the turbine as previously stated.

    Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins
  • Around the bedplate are located the oil-cooling coils, the oil strainer, the oil reservoir and the oil pipings to the bearing.

    Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins
  • In one of the channels the bed of the trough slopes up slightly to the place where the “bedplate” is fixed.

    The Manufacture of Paper Robert Walter Sindall
British Dictionary definitions for bedplate


a heavy metal platform or frame to which an engine or machine is attached
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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