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center plate

noun, Railroads.
one of a pair of plates that fit together and support the body of a car on a truck, while allowing the truck to rotate with respect to the body. One plate (body center plate) is attached to the underside of the car body and the other (truck center plate) is part of the car truck.
Origin of center plate
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The contractor then encountered a problem: the car body center plate would not fit back down into the truck bolster bowl.
  • Each draw contains four batteries restrained by seismic center plate and four side restrains.
  • Two nearly identical specimens were placed, one on each side of the center plate, between the hot and cold plates.
  • The rotating tips of the broom flick the debris toward the center where it hits the center plate.

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