- a flat metal plate, as that in a printing press which presses the paper against the inked type
- ☆ in a typewriter, the roller against which the keys strike
Origin: Middle English plateyne from Old French platine, flat plate, metal plate from plat: see plate
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- The roller in a typewriter that serves as the backing for the paper against which the type bars strike.
- Computer Science The roller in a printer against which the print head strikes.
- A flat plate or rolling cylinder in a printing press that positions the paper and holds it against the inked type.
- The glass surface of a flatbed scanner.
Origin: Middle English plateine, paten, from Old French platine, metal plate, from plat, flat; see plate.
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