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hot metal

noun, Printing.
metallic type and printing elements produced by a casting machine; foundry type.
Also called hot type.
Compare cold type.
Origin of hot metal
First recorded in 1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

  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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