[noun hand-set; verb, adjective hand-set, -set]
verb (used with object), hand·set, hand·set·ting.
  1. to set (type) by hand.
  1. (of type) set by hand.
  2. (of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.

Origin of handset

First recorded in 1915–20; hand + set
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British Dictionary definitions for hand setting

hand setting

  1. printing text matter composed in metal type by hand, rather than by machine


  1. a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear
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