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noun Railroads.
one of a pair of plates that fit together and support the body of a car on a truck, while allowing the truck to rotate with respect to the body. One plate (body center plate ) is attached to the underside of the car body and the other (truck center plate ) is part of the car truck.
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Origin of center plate

First recorded in 1880–85
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