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1    a flat plate in a printing press that presses the paper against the type  
2    the roller on a typewriter, against which the keys strike  
3    the worktable of a machine tool, esp. one that is slotted to enable clamping belts to be used  
     (C15: from Old French platine, from plat flat; see plate)  
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