Plat"en (?), n. [F. platine, fr. plat flat. See Plate, and cf. Platin.] Mach. (a)
The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
Hence, an analogous part of a typewriter, on which the paper rests to receive an impression.
The movable table of a machine tool, as a planer, on which the work is fastened, and presented to the action of the tool; -- also called table.
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