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imposing stone

noun Printing.
  1. a slab, formerly of stone but now usually of metal, on which pages of type or plates are imposed and on which type correcting in the page is done.
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Origin of imposing stone

First recorded in 1720–30
Also called imposing table.
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Examples from the Web for imposing stone

Historical Examples

  • The Imposing-stone—a piece of marble or other flat stone set upon the work table.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • The editors and printers slept on the floor, a Chinaman did their cooking, and the "imposing-stone" was the general dinner table.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • His grave in the Jefferson cemetery has been marked with the imposing-stone that he used in his office.

    Years of My Youth

    William Dean Howells

  • A clever catechist made him an imposing-stone out of two boulders of basalt found in a river-bed hard by.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves


British Dictionary definitions for imposing stone

imposing stone

imposing table

noun
  1. printing a flat hard surface upon which pages printed from hot metal are imposed
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