[ plat-n ]
/ ˈplæt n /


a flat plate in a printing press for pressing the paper against the inked type or plate to produce an impression.
a rotating cylinder used for the same purpose.
the roller of a typewriter.
(on a planing machine or the like) the bed to which the work is fastened.
(on a testing machine) a plate for applying compression to a sample.

Origin of platen

1400–50; earlier platyne, late Middle English plateyne chalice cover < Middle French platine. See plate1, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for platen

/ (ˈplætən) /


a flat plate in a printing press that presses the paper against the type
the roller on a typewriter, against which the keys strike
the worktable of a machine tool, esp one that is slotted to enable T-bolts to be used

Word Origin for platen

C15: from Old French platine, from plat flat; see plate
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