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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 The Nelsons joined neighbors and onlookers to watch a landscaping crew saw through the trunk of the 7,000-pound tree and lift it via crane onto a flatbed truck for its two-day journey first to Long Grove and then to Chicago. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Where Chicago’s official Christmas tree comes from," 10 Nov. 2020 Le Petit Theatre will present an outdoor holiday show, literally mounting it on a flatbed truck that will be able to travel to different partner sites. NOLA.com, "Commentary: Exit, pursued by a pandemic," 2 Nov. 2020 According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the metal fell off a flatbed tow truck that was driving on Medina's right side around 3:30 pm. David Aaro, Fox News, "Florida driver 'lucky to be alive' after hunk of metal crashes through windshield," 14 Oct. 2020 He was inspired to sketch the first van in 1947 after seeing a flatbed parts-hauler made from a Type I chassis while visiting the Volkswagen plant. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Volkswagen Bus Became a Symbol of Counterculture," 6 Mar. 2020 Near The Farmer’s Porch, their restaurant, where people dine in the open air, the Chiarizios have parked an old flatbed army truck – a makeshift stage for live music at a distance. Jules Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Crisp air and apples: Pandemic-weary folks flock to pick-your-own farms," 8 Oct. 2020 Maintenance workers roll temporary wheels away from a retired BART car before it is lowered onto a flatbed truck at the BART maintenance yard in Hayward, Calif. for transfer to a scrapyard on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "You can now ‘adopt’ a BART car for $10,000, but they come with lots of rules," 25 Sep. 2020 Bad Bunny performed a concert on a moving flatbed truck and stopped traffic throughout New York City on Sunday night, leaving fans in the streets and online in a frenzy. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Bad Bunny performs live concert from a flatbed truck driving through New York City," 21 Sep. 2020 The truck was described as having a large, silver flatbed. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hamden police look for truck driver who exposed himself to woman," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fire snaked along the train on the bridge, burning through the wooden cars, including a flatbed of lumber, heading toward two tanker cars. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "An early morning rower on Tempe Town Lake watches the aftermath of the train derailment," 29 July 2020 As new tensions flared with the Trump Administration, tanks and long-range missiles loaded on flatbed trucks rolled through the streets of Tehran. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Can the Middle East Recover from the Coronavirus and Collapsing Oil Prices?," 8 May 2020 The photos, taken by the Philadelphia Inquirer, show bodies stacked in the flatbed of a pick-up truck outside of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office overflow storage area. Mirna Alsharif And Anna Sturla, CNN, "Bodies were transported to Philadelphia's medical examiner in the open back of a pick-up truck," 23 Apr. 2020 But transporting hives on flatbeds requires special training, notes Maine beekeeper Lincoln Sennett, who owns a honey business and leases his bees for blueberry pollination. Laura Poppick, Scientific American, "The Effects of COVID-19 Will Ripple through Food Systems," 26 Mar. 2020 The Turkish military convoy consisted of dozens of armored vehicles, fuel tanker trucks and flatbed trucks carrying tanks and armored personnel carriers, observers said. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 2, 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 More recently, our Model 3 suffered a catastrophic failure and left for the repair shop on a flatbed. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update Delivers Every Bit of Promised 5 Percent Power Increase," 6 Jan. 2020 As gauzy sunlight broke through the fog, O’Dea watched rush hour drivers jostle among an assortment of hulking trucks: flatbeds, semis, delivery vehicles, box trucks, big rigs. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?," 6 Dec. 2019 So crews waited until Monday morning to unload the container onto a flatbed. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Orion spacecraft reaches Ohio before heading toward the moon," 25 Nov. 2019

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1892, in the meaning defined above


1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Flatbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatbed. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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