Definition of platen in English:

platen

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Pronunciation: /ˈplat(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1The plate in a small letterpress printing press which presses the paper against the type.
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    • The pressman pulled on the bar, causing the platen to press the tympan on the inked type and taking the impression.
    • All these prototypes were shaped into panels of various commercial thicknesses with a steam-heated platen press.
    • The first power-driven platen press was developed about 1822.
  • 2The cylindrical roller in a typewriter against which the paper is held.
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    • I'd set it up on the desk in my bedroom and feed a couple of sheets of paper down behind the platen roller.
    • Strangely I feel this too with the early poems, a sense of deliberation, you can almost hear the typewriter keys hit the paper on the platen.
    • Crack open any inkjet, and you'll find the same parts - paper feed, platens, optical tracking tape, and so on.

Origin

late 16th century: from French platine 'flat piece' from plat 'flat'.

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