plat·​en ˈpla-tᵊn How to pronounce platen (audio)
: a flat plate
especially : one that exerts or receives pressure (as in a printing press)
: the roller of a typewriter or printer

Examples of platen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Craftsman’s cordless 20-volt oscillating tool kit comes with a varied selection of attachments, including wood and metal blades, a scraper, and a sanding platen. Tony Carrick, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2023 By day, the watch boasts a sandwich dial (a layered dial with a luminous base disk covered by a platen with the index apertures cut out) that offers depth and dimension, and – by night – great luminosity thanks to the P51 Super-LumiNova that emanates from the dial architecture. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Can anyone argue the clackety-clack-clack of a metal typebar hammering against the platen on a typewriter has a symphonic quality that a computer keyboard never will? Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 28 Oct. 2019 The ceramic substrate, called a platen, will then be glued on with a thermally conductive adhesive. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2017

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Word History


Middle English plateine thin metal plate, from Anglo-French, from plate

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of platen was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Platen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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