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flatbed

Syllabification: flat·bed
Pronunciation: /ˈflatˌbed
 
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Definition of flatbed in English:

noun

1A long flat area or structure: the flatbed of a truck
1.1A vehicle with a flat load-carrying area: [as modifier]: a flatbed truck
More example sentences
  • Piggybacked on a flatbed, the vehicle was delivered back to the repair shop.
  • Then swarms of military personnel combed the area and a tarp-covered flatbed truck rumbled out of the woods.
  • Minneapolis police had a flatbed truck on location to help them confiscate bikes.
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a letterpress printing machine in which the form is carried on a horizontal surface: a flatbed press
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  • Probably the printers had gone home for the day, so there would have been no clanking flatbed press.
  • Benjamin Day began his paper in 1833 without any capital, relying on a slow, hand-cranked flatbed press.
  • Here she is pictured with a flatbed press in 1983.
1.3 Computing A scanner, plotter, or other device that keeps paper flat during use: [as modifier]: the flatbed technology lets paper enter and exit the printer directly
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  • Among his many accomplishments, he developed the technology behind the flatbed scanner, and he is a leading expert in speech recognition.
  • The team then spread each set of debris onto a flatbed scanner to record the particle sizes.
  • The transparent sheet was scanned using a flatbed.

Words that rhyme with flatbed

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