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monotype

[mon-uh-tahyp] /ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
the only print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture is painted in oil color, printing ink, or the like.
2.
the method of producing such a print.
3.
Biology. the only type of its group, as a single species constituting a genus.
Origin of monotype
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; mono- + -type

Monotype

[mon-uh-tahyp] /ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp/
Printing, Trademark.
1.
a brand of machine for setting and casting type, consisting of a separate keyboard for producing a paper tape containing holes in a coded pattern so that when this tape is fed into the casting unit each code evokes a unique letter cast from hot metal by a special matrix.
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  • 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
  • It is called the monotype because it casts and sets up the type piece by piece.

    Stories of Inventors Russell Doubleday
  • It will be seen, therefore, that the casting portion of the monotype machine is actually automatic.

  • "This is a monotype," said Mr. Buckingham Smith, picking up a dusty print off the window-sill.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The linotype and monotype machines, uncanny in their operations, have also come into common practice.

  • The monotype, like the Linotype, aims at speed in composition, but in its mechanism it differs essentially from the linotype.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • Secondly, the monotype casts type, not in blocks or a whole line, but in separate letters.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • Another firm employs a man to attend to every three monotype machines used, for the purpose of keeping things going.

  • Sometimes these words are mere aggregations like automobile, monotype, sidewalk, policeman and the like.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for monotype

monotype

/ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
a single print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture has been painted
2.
(biology) a monotypic genus or species

Monotype

/ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp/
noun
1.
trademark any of various typesetting systems, esp originally one in which each character was cast individually from hot metal
2.
type produced by such a system
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Word Origin and History for monotype
n.

1881 in biology; 1882 in printers' arts; 1893 as a brand name of typesetting machine; see mono- + type.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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