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hot metal

noun, Printing.
1.
metallic type and printing elements produced by a casting machine; foundry type.
Also called hot type.
Compare cold type.
Origin of hot metal
1955-1960
First recorded in 1955-60
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  • But he was able to cling to the weapon, and meet each onslaught with hot metal.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • There was in it the smell of hot metal, of oil, and a slight mist of steam.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • The hot metal is run in, and pressed into every depression of the cardboard.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • With the smell of hot metal and grease was mingled the odor of fresh paint.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • It is instructive to note the effect of the blows on the hot metal.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • She sat down on the hot metal of the ramp, placing the baby beside her.

    Rich Living Michael Cathal
  • Out of it arise the fumes of your fifteen tons of hot metal.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • He knelt with it, pressing a part of it to the hot metal of the satellite's hull.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • Why does hot metal feel hotter than heated wool, though they may both be of the same degree of temperature?

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • That locked the hot metal part on the padded, heated, lower half with a bang.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for hot metal

hot metal

noun
1.
  1. metallic type cast into shape in the molten state
  2. (as modifier): hot-metal printing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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