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Definition of flatbed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a horizontal bed on which the work rests a flatbed printing press a flatbed scanner



Definition of flatbed (Entry 2 of 2)

: a motortruck or trailer with a body in the form of a platform or shallow box

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This week, a 95,000-gallon liquid oxygen tank was delivered to the Boca Chica site near Brownsville via a flatbed trailer, a local newspaper reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin goes Italian, SpaceX’s giant net, a nuclear launcher," 13 July 2018 The only time the vehicle seemed confused was when a passing flatbed truck kicked up an enormous cloud of dust, forcing the safety driver to momentarily take control. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 And Steuart Pittman, a Democratic candidate for Anne Arundel County executive, had a slew of supporters in matching blue shirts on a flatbed trailer, shaded by umbrellas and clapping and waving signs in unison. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Annapolis Independence Day parade honors freedom of the press, especially for The Capital," 5 July 2018 Two trucks, one hauling a flatbed trailer with a dozen or so balled-and-burlapped trees, pull up next to a small, mostly barren triangle of land in Northwest Washington. Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, "D.C. says its tree canopy is growing. Federal researchers disagree.," 10 June 2018 During a chase in this one a Brobdingnagian-sized Ant-Man uses a flatbed truck as a scooter. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review: A Sequel With Wings," 5 July 2018 The sight of Ant-Man using a flatbed truck for a scooter tickles some primal nerve cluster in our brains. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a Marvel marvel," 4 July 2018 Like Kaplan, Brooks has a powerful voice, which is often amplified by a megaphone or speakers anchored on a flatbed truck. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Oakland Councilwoman Kaplan says Mayor Schaaf vulnerable to challenge," 17 June 2018 John Chiara built enormous cameras, hauled around by flatbed truck, to make one-of-a-kind images on oversize pieces of photographic paper, bypassing the need for film. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In Denver, Landscapes Soaked, Digitized and Irradiated," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

A few days before, the fine people from Pine Bush Equipment in Pine Bush, New York, had pulled a flatbed onto the narrow shoulder of the road. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 On September 3rd a photo of Chinese Type 99 main battle tanks and Type 86 infantry fighting vehicles headed to Russia on flatbed railcars appeared on Twitter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s 'Vostok' Exercise Will Be The Largest Since the Cold War," 5 Sep. 2018 Houses cruising around on flatbed trucks and barges were a common sight in the late 1950s and early ’60s in the Puget Sound area. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Homelessness is up in Ballard, your ballot is on the way, and Russian spy intrigue | Thursday Morning Brief, July 19," 19 July 2018 On the flatbed: a shiny orange Kubota BX25D-1 tractor with all the fixings: mower deck, backhoe, front-end loader, grapple, brush hog. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 And with that, the tow trucks started hoisting the wreckage onto a flatbed for the trip to the county’s impound lot. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The wreckage speaks: A crash reconstruction team tells stories that victims can’t," 27 Feb. 2018 The accident occurred on I-82 outside Prosser, when the red Chevrolet Silverado collided with a tractor pulling a flatbed and the two vehicles veered down an embankment between the eastbound and westbound sides of the highway. Fox News, "Pickup truck crushed by semi, but driver walks away," 2 May 2018 McKinsey & Company, the management consulting group, forecasts that electric light- and medium-duty trucks — a group that includes pickups, flatbeds and some trash haulers — could achieve between 8 percent and 34 percent sales penetration by 2030. Eric A. Taub, New York Times, "Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door," 21 June 2018 Justin Brewer, 33, of Mount Dora was headed north in his flatbed semi, with FedEx driver Charles Sexton, 61, of Ocala behind him, Montes said. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FedEx driver killed in freak accident on turnpike, FHP says," 21 June 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above


1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flatbed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a flat surface on which work is placed



English Language Learners Definition of flatbed (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a truck or trailer that has a body which is shaped like a platform or shallow box

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