[ ih-lek-truh-tahyp ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trəˌtaɪp /


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.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for electrotype

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌtaɪp) /


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


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

Derived forms of electrotype

electrotyper, noun
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