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platen (plural platens)
- The part of a printing press which presses the paper against the type and by which the impression is made.
- The part of a typewriter or printer on which the paper rests to receive an impression.
- The movable table of a planer or other machine tool, on which the work is fastened, and presented to the action of the tool.
- The flat glass surface of a scanner or photocopier on which operators place items to be scanned.