Part of speech: noun

The part of a printing - press, or the like, on which the paper is supported in printing.

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Usage examples "platen":

  1. For this purpose an impression is first made upon a stout cardboard, which is fixed firmly enough on the bed to prevent its shifting, the block being affixed to the platen. - "Practical Bookbinding", Paul Adam.
  2. Platen is one of the greatest masters of form in German literature and is unrivalled as a master of the sonnet. - "A Book Of German Lyrics", Various.