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noun Printing.

a portable, adjustable, usually metal tray that the compositor holds in one hand while placing in it type gathered with the other hand.

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Also called job stick.

Origin of composing stick

First recorded in 1670–80
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composing stick

noun

printing a metal holder of adjustable width in which a compositor sets a line of type at a time by hand; now rarely used
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