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.

Origin of imposing stone

First recorded in 1720–30
Also called imposing table. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for imposing stone

Historical Examples of imposing stone

  • 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

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