flat·bed | \ˈflat-ˌbed \

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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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 Couples of all genders and orientations get frisky all over L.A. -- a flatbed truck, a glass elevator, on and rooftop -- all the while surveilled by prying cameras and eventually nabbed by police. John Norris, Billboard, "George Michael's 'Outside' and Its Celebration of Cottaging Is Still Bolder Than Most Pop Music 20 Years Later," 29 May 2018 Six men loaded the beast onto the back of Ward's flatbed truck. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Massive alligator stops US 59 traffic in Cleveland," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The golf cart-like vehicle, loaded with bags of Diamond Dry on its flatbed, slammed into the bleachers on the Conroe side of the field. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Runaway supply cart slams into Spiller Field bleachers during game," 18 June 2018 The suspect, a white man wearing black shorts and a V-neck, dark blue T-shirt, was seen on surveillance footage, along with the suspect vehicle — a white Dodge Ram hauling a large Big Tex brand flatbed. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Elk Grove police seek driver of truck, big trailer involved in gas station hit-and-run," 10 July 2018 The couple made a name for themselves in South Carolina’s booming culinary scene, cooking Neapolitan-style pizzas in a ceramic-tile oven that Swemle built by hand and mounted on an old flatbed trailer. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Mobile Pizzeria’s Clam Pie Is to Die For," 19 June 2018 Gioino said the California would be driven back to Miami on a flatbed and could be sold to a buyer anywhere in the United States. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "In the rolling hills of Dauphin County, high rollers bid on rare, forfeited rides," 14 June 2018 The system was designed with law enforcement in mind, specifically as a way to remove cars from areas too tight for a tow truck or flatbed to navigate. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "These Sneaky Robots Slide Under Your Car and Drag It Away," 28 Apr. 2015 Jeremiah Fleming, 30, is on track to pull down $140,000 driving flatbed trucks for Aveda Transportation & Energy Services Inc., hauling rigs. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Shale country is out of workers. That means $140,000 for a truck driver and 100% pay hikes," 8 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)

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

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