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[pres-wurk] /ˈprɛsˌwɜrk/
the working or management of a printing press.
the work done by it.
Origin of presswork
First recorded in 1765-75; press1 + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The paper, composition, and presswork of the book are very poor.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • A few pointers in regard to presswork may be helpful to the beginner.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • presswork is compounded because it has a special and specific meaning.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Here the four worked from early morning until nearly midnight, cutting out new sets of type and preparing them for the presswork.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • Stansby's presswork was uniformly good, and in this respect alone he may be ranked among the best printers of his time.

  • Do not buy cheap editions of fiction; the paper, presswork, and binding is poor, and is simply a waste of money.

    A Library Primer John Cotton Dana
  • Even when the printers had learnt how to print two folio pages at the same time the presswork remained very laborious.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • They needed good paper and careful presswork, and all over Europe paper and presswork were rapidly deteriorating.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • He felt however that it would be impossible for him to resume his presswork in Strasburg.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • It assumed a subscription by each recipient to cover the cost of the extra stock and presswork.

British Dictionary definitions for presswork


the operation of a printing press
the matter printed by a printing press
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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