- 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.
Origin of imposing stone
First recorded in 1720–30
Also called imposing table.
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Examples from the Web for imposing stone
The Imposing-stone—a piece of marble or other flat stone set upon the work table.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
The editors and printers slept on the floor, a Chinaman did their cooking, and the "imposing-stone" was the general dinner table.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
His grave in the Jefferson cemetery has been marked with the imposing-stone that he used in his office.Years of My Youth
William Dean Howells
A clever catechist made him an imposing-stone out of two boulders of basalt found in a river-bed hard by.The Long White Cloud
William Pember Reeves
- printing a flat hard surface upon which pages printed from hot metal are imposed
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