a plate, platform, or frame supporting the lighter parts of a machine.
Historical Examples

The bedplate, cylinder and guides are bored at one operation and cannot get out of alignment.
Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson

This resulted in a pair of cylinders flanged to fit the bedplate.
The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 Various

Mounted on the end of the bedplate is the oil pump, operated from the main shaft of the turbine as previously stated.
Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins

In one of the channels the bed of the trough slopes up slightly to the place where the “bedplate” is fixed.
The Manufacture of Paper Robert Walter Sindall

Around the bedplate are located the oil-cooling coils, the oil strainer, the oil reservoir and the oil pipings to the bearing.
Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins

a heavy metal platform or frame to which an engine or machine is attached


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