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[lahy-nuh-tahyp] /ˈlaɪ nəˌtaɪp/
verb, linotyped, linotyping. Printing.
to typeset on a Linotype machine.
Origin of linotype
See origin at Linotype
Related forms
linotyper, linotypist, noun


[lahy-nuh-tahyp] /ˈlaɪ nəˌtaɪp/
a brand of typesetting machine that casts solid lines of type from brass dies, or matrices, selected automatically by actuating a keyboard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for linotype
Historical Examples
  • The text of this book was set on the linotype in Baskerville.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • If the book is set in linotype, the make-up will have been unable to make these changes.

  • This machine is called a linotype because it casts a whole line of type at a time.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
  • (d) The introduction of the linotype machine, of which there are three in this establishment.

  • These machines are called respectively the linotype and Monotype.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • What are the essential differences between a Monotype and a linotype?

    Type A. A. Stewart
  • As you know, if a linotype operator is ill, his machine goes untouched.

    Nine Men in Time Noel Miller Loomis
  • He could operate a linotype or act as managing editor with equal ease.

  • Sam Pickering's linotype had first revealed his gift for machinery.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • He would be slave to no linotype until they were kept in the open.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for linotype


trademark a typesetting machine, operated by a keyboard, that casts an entire line on one solid slug of metal
type produced by such a machine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for linotype



1886, American English, trademark name (Mergenthaler Linotype Co.), from line o' type, for a composing machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899) in widespread use in newspaper production early 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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