composing stick


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.

Origin of composing stick

First recorded in 1670–80
Also called job stick.
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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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