• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Composing-stick an instrument with a sliding adjustment, used for holding printing-types before they are put on the galley
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. composer, from L. cum, and pausāre, to cease, to rest.


In literature:

The subdivisions were simple but ingenious, being composed of stone, sticks, and bark, intermingled.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
This roof was composed of straw and dry sticks, plastered with clay, which rendered it equally impenetrable to sun or rain.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
Thus we now have the expressions: a "composing-room," a "composing-stick," etc.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The nest is composed of dry rushes, grasses and sticks, and the young, three or four in number, are produced in early spring.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The structure which the bird itself builds is composed of sticks and feathers and, occasionally, a few dead leaves.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
Composed of clay and willow sticks.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
The village was composed of huts, made of sticks closely intertwined, and covered with the skins of animals.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
We saw quantities of rat-ranches, which are big sort of mole-hills, composed of cow-dung, sticks, and earth, built by the rats.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
He flushed up as Reginald approached, and put down his composing-stick to shake hands with him.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
One is simply composed of a crooked stick, a small hollow gourd, and a single string of brass wire.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham

In news:

He composed a love song to a duck-shaped USB flash memory stick.
The opening act features musician and composer Glenn Poorman playing the Chapman Stick.
The most interesting thing to happen at the Tonys was this: Instead of honoring Stephen Sondheim–practically a full-time occupation for the past several years, as the composer turned 80–the Tony voters chose to stick a finger in his eye.
"A lot of the credit is being composed and sticking to our game the whole trip," Salvador said.