• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Electrotype A facsimile plate made by electrotypy for use in printing; also, an impression or print from such plate. Also used adjectively.☞ The face of an electrotype consists of a shell of copper, silver, or the like, produced by the action of an electrical current upon a plate of metal and a wax mold suspended in an acid bath and connected with opposite poles of the battery. It is backed up with a solid filling of type metal.
    • v. t Electrotype To make facsimile plates of by the electrotype process; as, to electrotype a page of type, a book, etc. See Electrotype n.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n electrotype A copy in metal (precipitated by galvanic or electric action, usually in the form of a thin sheet) of any engraved or molded surface. Copies of medals, jewelry, and silverware, of woodcuts and pages of composed type, are common forms of electrotypes. The metal most used is copper, and the largest application of the process is to the preparation of plates for printing. The form of composed type is molded in wax, which is dusted or coated with blacklead in order to make it a conductor. The wax mold is suspended in a galvanic bath of sulphate of copper, through which a current of electricity is passed. The thin shell of copper which attaches to the mold is afterward backed with stereotype-metal. Also electrostereotype, and commonly abbreviated electro.
    • electrotype To make a plate copy or plate copies of by electrical deposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Electrotype the art of copying an engraving or type on a metal deposited by electricity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Electro-, + -type,


In literature:

Most books are electrotyped, the machinery being much less complex than is the newspaper press.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
A negative copper copy is made from it by electrotyping.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
The electrotypes have been destroyed.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
In comparison with electrotyping, however, it has two distinct disadvantages.
"From Xylographs to Lead Molds; A.D. 1440-A.D. 1921" by H. C. Forster
One thing the electrotypes didn't show was the approach to the Devil's Slide.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
"Abbreviations and Signs" by Frederick W. Hamilton
Electrotyping and Stereotyping By Harris B. Hatch and A.
"Paper-Cutting Machines" by Niel, Jr., Gray
Silver electrotyping is occasionally resorted to for special purposes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
Another great amusement was making sulphur casts and electrotypes, and we really made some very good ones.
"Story of My Life, volumes 1-3" by Augustus J. C. Hare
The methods hitherto used of electrotyping would have proved useless, as all detail would have been lost.
"Photogravure" by Henry R. Blaney
In 1815 Cowper patented in England electrotype plates to be affixed to a cylinder.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
Electrotype blocks are included in this class.
"Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery" by Clifton Armstrong Howes
Design of the Monument, small plate, produced by a process called electrotype; by Chas.
"History of the Washington National Monument and of the Washington National Monument Society" by Frederick Loviad Harvey
This is the common method of making electrotypes for printing from.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXVII.--No. 2. [New Series.], July 14, 1877" by Various
The electrotypes were destroyed.
"William Morris" by Elizabeth Luther Cary
Stereotype and Electrotype Plates.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
The cast and the electrotype agreed exactly together.
"The Hittites" by A. H. Sayce
By means of the Edison electrotyping process a customer can change his record without changing his cylinder.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
Spencer's experiments in electrotyping.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn