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imposing stone

noun, Printing.
a slab, formerly of stone but now usually of metal, on which pages of type or plates are imposed and on which type correcting in the page is done.
Also called imposing table.
Origin of imposing stone
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for imposing stone
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  • Gods, the quadrats used by printers in throwing on the imposing stone, similar to the movement in casting dice.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Vaniman had even been down on his knees, by Usial's invitation, and had peered up at the under surface of the imposing stone.

  • A planer proof must be made while the type is on the imposing stone or some other solid surface.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • Down to 1870 Mr. Tiffany's "imposing stone," used in the printing of the Constellation, did duty in the office of the Mail.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • Bob, shirt sleeves rolled up, was working on some chases on an imposing stone.

    Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
  • CoffinThe box-like frame surrounding an imposing stone on its stand.

  • Huge and imposing stone buildings stand thickly here, showing that it is the centre of the business part of Auckland.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
British Dictionary definitions for imposing stone

imposing stone

(printing) a flat hard surface upon which pages printed from hot metal are imposed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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