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compositor

[kuh m-poz-i-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who sets the type or text for printing.

Origin of compositor

1325–75 for earlier sense “referee, arbiter”; 1560–70 for current sense; Middle English < Latin: one who composes, equivalent to composi-, variant stem of compōnere (see component, composite) + -tor -tor
Related formscom·pos·i·to·ri·al [kuh m-poz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəmˌpɒz ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for compositor

Historical Examples

  • I'm thinkin' your compositor hasn't had overmuch experience.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler

  • The compositor is pronounced "a little person of great consequence."

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

  • Meredith was no compositor, a poor pressman, and seldom sober.

  • If the copy is hard to read, the compositor will set but few pages.

    Punctuation

    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • In such cases the compositor should punctuate as he goes along.

    Punctuation

    Frederick W. Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for compositor

compositor

noun
  1. printing a person who sets and corrects type and generally assembles text and illustrations for printingSometimes shortened to: comp
Derived Formscompositorial (kəmˌpɒzɪˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective
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