[ ih-lek-truh-tahyp ]

  1. a facsimile, for use in printing, of a block of type, an engraving, or the like, consisting of a thin copper or nickel shell deposited by electrolytic action in a wax, lead, or plastic mold of the original and backed with lead alloy.

verb (used with object),e·lec·tro·typed, e·lec·tro·typ·ing.
  1. to make an electrotype of.

Origin of electrotype

First recorded in 1830–40; electro- + type

Other words from electrotype

  • e·lec·tro·typ·er, noun

Words Nearby electrotype

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How to use electrotype in a sentence

  • This has one plate cylinder and one impression cylinder, and curved electrotype plates are used.

  • From this mould an ordinary electrotype is made by the method described elsewhere in this book.

  • Copper electrotype plates such as are used in printing school books are made by this process.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
  • The production of copper facsimiles by the electric current is called electrotype, and is the oldest branch of electro-metallurgy.

  • Both cast and electrotype are in the National Portrait Gallery.

    Life of John Keats | Sidney Colvin

British Dictionary definitions for electrotype


/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌtaɪp) /

  1. a duplicate printing plate made by electrolytically depositing a layer of copper or nickel onto a mould of the original: Sometimes shortened to: electro

  1. (tr) to make an electrotype of (printed matter, illustrations, etc)

Derived forms of electrotype

  • electrotyper, noun

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