- 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 the ribbon and paper
Origin of platenMiddle English plateyne from Old French platine, flat plate, metal plate from plat: see plate
- The roller in a typewriter that serves as the backing for the paper against which the type bars strike.
- 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 of platenMiddle English plateine paten from Old French platine metal plate from plat flat ; see plate .
- The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
- The part of a typewriter or printer on which the paper rests to receive an impression.
- The movable table of a planer or other machine tool, on which the work is fastened, and presented to the action of the tool.
- The flat glass surface of a scanner or photocopier on which operators place items to be scanned.