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[pley-ner] /ˈpleɪ nər/
Carpentry. a power machine for removing the rough or excess surface from a board.
Metalworking. a machine for cutting flat surfaces, having a cutting tool supported by an overhead frame beneath which the work slides back and forth.
Compare shaper (def 2).
Typesetting. a block of smooth, hard wood for leveling the type in a chase by tapping with a mallet.
Origin of planer
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at plane2, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Later a drag of the type known as the planer will prove to be the most effective.

  • He has no shaper or planer for the purpose, so that it must be done by hand.

  • There he met and married his first wife, Wilhelmina (or Minna) planer.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • This instrument may also come in very handy when setting tools on the planer or shaper.

    Measuring Tools Unknown
  • The planer has led to the invention of a machine which dispenses with this skill.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Since we've been here that planer has broke up two or three men.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • The lumber can all be bought at planer ready for use cheaper than it can be cut by hand.

    The Apple Various
  • You notice the same thing when you use the saw or planer, or even present a chisel to a piece of soft wood in the turning lathe.

  • The planer should be set upon the type and given a few light raps on the top with the hammer, until the face of the type is even.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • In the opposite case, you must either have recourse to the planer, or put up with the accident.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
British Dictionary definitions for planer


a machine with a cutting tool that makes repeated horizontal strokes across the surface of a workpiece: used to cut flat surfaces into metal
a machine for planing wood, esp one in which the cutting blades are mounted on a rotating drum
(printing) a flat piece of wood used to level type in a chase
any person or thing that planes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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