Linotype

Definitions

  • Linotype machine
    Linotype machine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Linotype a typesetting machine operated from a keyboard that casts an entire line as a single slug of metal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Linotype (Print) A kind of typesetting machine which produces castings, each of which corresponds to a line of separate types. By pressing the keys of a keyboard like one on a typewriter, the matrices for one line are properly arranged; the entire line, or stereotype, or slug, is then cast and planed, and the matrices are returned to their proper places, the whole process being automatic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Linotype A machine in which stereotyped lines (of words) are produced, for use in printing.
    • n Linotype A machine in which stereotyped lines (of words) are produced, for use in printing. See cut in next column.
    • Linotype Composed with the linotype machine.
    • Linotype To set with a linotype machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Linotype lin′ō-tīp a machine for producing stereotyped lines or bars of words, &c., as a substitute for type-setting: a line of printing-type cast in one piece.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Line; Type
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. linea, a line, and type.

Usage

In literature:

He could manipulate a linotype machine (that almost humanly intelligent piece of mechanism).
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
The story itself is usually set up on a linotype machine and the heads are set up by hand.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
When the linotype operator left, we gave David the place.
"In Our Town" by William Allen White
The linotype looks for us.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
This machine is called a linotype because it casts a whole line of type at a time.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
Get the men at the linotypes!
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
The next visit was to the composing room where a vast army of men were working away at type racks and linotype machines.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The linotype and monotype machines, uncanny in their operations, have also come into common practice.
"From Xylographs to Lead Molds; A.D. 1440-A.D. 1921" by H. C. Forster
As you know, if a linotype operator is ill, his machine goes untouched.
"Nine Men in Time" by Noel Miller Loomis
I had hoped to secure employment as a compositor, but the linotype has made me superfluous.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
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In news:

Celebrating Linotype , 125 Years Since Its Debut.
Around for a century, Linotype machines were made obsolete in the 1970s by changing technologies -- but they have not been forgotten.
The Obsolete, Forgotten Linotype .
Introduced in 1886, the Linotype was the marvel of the age, mechanizing the typesetting process for newspapers which until then had been done by hand.
When I first arrived, David worked on a linotype machine, a huge steel and lead monster that clanked incessantly and spat lead, often burning the operator's arms.
Renowned names in typesetting merge Monotype and Linotype — two of the most illustrious "names" in the printing industry — have merged.
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