flatbed

adjective
flat·​bed | \ ˈflat-ˌbed How to pronounce flatbed (audio) \

Definition of flatbed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

flatbed

noun

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 means its five-foot-tall wheels and both axles had to be removed and the gleaming body supported on a rolling cradle in order to be shifted out to a flatbed truck in the parking lot. David Brooks, BostonGlobe.com, "A historic Concord carriage finds a new home in New Hampshire," 26 Aug. 2019 That means renting a flatbed truck for the day along with a forklift, Cohen said. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "You can buy your own lifeguard tower. Just get it off the beach.," 20 Aug. 2019 In September, Cave’s cartoon monsters will parade from the toney South End into Uphams Corner on the back of a flatbed truck, shining all the spotlight Cave can muster on a community more used to being ignored. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Inflatable cartoon monsters feel like ‘a form of protest’ at South End’s Cyclorama," 8 Aug. 2019 Packed into the backs of two big, flatbed Penske rental trucks, many of them have to sit and the rest lean on the railings or on canes. Declan Leary, National Review, "Pride March and the Contradictions of the New Sexual Revolution," 2 July 2019 Ruben San Miguel said investigators are trying to determine why a northbound van hit the left rear of a northbound semi pulling a flatbed trailer. Washington Post, "Demonstrators protest plan to detain migrant children in Oklahoma," 21 July 2019 Bikers from as far as Louisiana and Arizona rode in for the event outside Gillette Stadium to pay their respects to the motorcyclists, who were killed when a pickup truck hauling a flatbed trailer slammed into a group of riders in Randolph, N.H. Washington Post, "Man dies after attack on immigration jail," 14 July 2019 Bikers from as far as Louisiana and Arizona rode in for the event outside Gillette Stadium to pay their respects to the motorcyclists, who were killed when a pickup truck hauling a flatbed trailer slammed into a group of riders in Randolph, N.H. Stephanie Morales, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ Kraft pledges $100,000 for families of bikers killed," 13 July 2019 The report said the police department paid more than $7,300 to hire a private company that used a crane, a heavy-duty tow truck and a flatbed tractor trailer to remove the boat from the water and haul it away. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "OIG Report: Baltimore Police marine unit misspent $30k on boat salvage," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Quincy police also tweeted dramatic footage Thursday of the truck being lowered onto a flatbed in the predawn darkness. Jordan Frias, BostonGlobe.com, "Dump truck removed from Quincy parking garage; 50 vehicles trapped in facility," 22 Aug. 2019 Because both trucks were wide and the road was closed, the driver of the Mentor lumber company's flatbed attempted to pass on the left in the westbound lane and had to drive up over the grass to avoid hitting the dump truck, owned by a Stow company. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Worker drops 30 feet with falling tree, regains consciousness: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 23 Aug. 2019 At that point, the load of wood shifted and fell off the flatbed, becoming wedged between the two trucks, damaging both. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Worker drops 30 feet with falling tree, regains consciousness: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 23 Aug. 2019 The convoy consisted of several armored vehicles and flatbed trucks carrying tanks. Washington Post, "Airstrikes target Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tensions," 20 Aug. 2019 One farmer literally brought a flatbed of cantaloupe and watermelon from Sunset in Montague County. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "This Fort Worth farmers market has all locally-grown goods, including apples and giant tomatoes," 12 Aug. 2019 Cars will be ordered off the street and traffic signals will be swung out of the way when a nearly 100-year-old house is dug out of the ground, cranked up onto a flatbed and rolled to a new spot in Pompano Beach early next year. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "How a nearly 100-year-old house will be saved by moving it across town," 26 July 2019 Then, the special trailer they were quarantined in was put on a flatbed, and taken to a waiting plane to be flown to Houston. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Readers shares their memories of the momentous event for mankind," 14 July 2019 The fossil remains were lifted from a cliff terrace quarry onto flatbed trailers and were taken to a federal repository on the college’s Craig campus. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Helicopter helps haul dinosaur fossils in northwestern Colorado," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of flatbed

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flatbed was in 1892

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flatbed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flatbed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a flat surface on which work is placed

flatbed

noun

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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