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[pley-ner] /ˈpleɪ nər/
Carpentry. a power machine for removing the rough or excess surface from a board.
Metalworking. a machine for cutting flat surfaces, having a cutting tool supported by an overhead frame beneath which the work slides back and forth.
Compare shaper (def 2).
Typesetting. a block of smooth, hard wood for leveling the type in a chase by tapping with a mallet.
Origin of planer
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see plane2, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for planer
  • We did the same with a metal planer, shaving curls of metal from the metal blank.
  • The weather may hold some of the crowds back and fishermen may have a little more room to maneuver with those planer boards.
  • Wood residues from the sawmill and planer mill areas are both used onsite as fuel, as well as sold to outside parties.
  • The planer shavings and trimmer sawdust is pneumatically conveyed to the planner mill shavings cyclone.
  • Using planer boards in areas of high boat traffic or tight quarters is not recommended.
  • Other museum highlights are its steam-powered sawmill and planer mill, the roundhouse, and a belt-and-shaft driven machine shop.
  • Finally, the rough-sawn pieces are run through a planer.
  • The first production machine for this manufacturer will likely be a planer.
  • planer shavings are transferred to either a truck bin or a fuel silo.
British Dictionary definitions for planer


a machine with a cutting tool that makes repeated horizontal strokes across the surface of a workpiece: used to cut flat surfaces into metal
a machine for planing wood, esp one in which the cutting blades are mounted on a rotating drum
(printing) a flat piece of wood used to level type in a chase
any person or thing that planes
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