plat·​en | \ ˈpla-tᵊn How to pronounce platen (audio) \

Definition of platen

1 : a flat plate especially : one that exerts or receives pressure (as in a printing press)
2 : the roller of a typewriter or printer

Examples of platen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Meet Romeo Okwara, the Detroit Lions' fascinating mechanical man: 'I like using my damn legs'," 28 Oct. 2019 The ceramic substrate, called a platen, will then be glued on with a thermally conductive adhesive. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Robust Cooling System of a NASA Spacecraft Flying Into the Sun's Atmosphere," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of platen

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for platen

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

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“Platen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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