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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

Examples of flatbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That vehicle was parked in front of him, and ahead of them both was a flatbed tow truck. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Living through 2021 was like driving behind a flatbed truck stacked with pebbles, wondering when my windshield would finally shatter. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Dec. 2021 With the building on fire, the suspect jumped into a C & D Towing flatbed truck — a 2016 Dodge Ram 5500 — and took off, police said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The two had just stepped off a flatbed trailer to buy some cotton candy from a concession stand — Santiago loved sweets — when the Mustang crushed them, relatives said. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 Hassen Ibrahim, 38, was driving his Freightliner west between Baker City and Ontario on Monday when two tires came loose from his flatbed trailer, according to the Oregon State Police. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 All the cowboys on the flatbed trailer throwing out candy. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 Suddenly, a pickup truck driver towing a flatbed trailer in the opposite direction lost control, crossed the center line and hit their car head-on. Jenni Bergal, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Tommy Mica and his partner actually loaded up the Chevrolet onto a flatbed trailer towed by the F-150 and recharged it while towing it home. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An officer observed two men loading a flatbed of lumber onto a rental truck in the Home Depot parking lot Dec. 11. cleveland, 17 Dec. 2021 The flatbed of Rebey's black Ford pickup truck was soon filled with milk crates and bags of zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and cabbages. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2021 Down the block, some men were watching a game of chess play out on the flatbed of one of their trucks. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Rittenhouse had placed his rifle on the flatbed of a truck. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Agents saw a silhouette inside the van on the flatbed, then found the four Mexican men, Agent Juan Torres said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2021 Kraft was informed that the car had been delivered on a flatbed from Florida. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Speakers addressed the crowd from a Teamsters Local 25 flatbed adorned with an inflatable fat cat, depicted smoking a cigar and holding a moneybag. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2021 Envision a self-driving car that is supposed to get itself onto the flatbed of a tow truck. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of flatbed


1892, in the meaning defined above


1944, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2022

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“Flatbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatbed. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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)

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

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