letterpress

[ let-er-pres ]
/ ˈlɛt ərˌprɛs /
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noun

the process of printing from letters or type in relief, rather than from intaglio plates or planographically.
matter printed in such a manner.
Chiefly British. printed text or reading matter, as distinguished from illustrations.

adverb

by letterpress: The circular should be printed letterpress, not offset.

adjective

set in letterpress: letterpress work.

Nearby words

  1. letterer-siwe disease,
  2. letterform,
  3. letterhead,
  4. lettering,
  5. letterman,
  6. letters,
  7. letters of administration,
  8. letters of credence,
  9. letters patent,
  10. letters testamentary

Origin of letterpress

First recorded in 1750–60; letter1 + press1

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British Dictionary definitions for letterpress

letterpress

/ (ˈlɛtəˌprɛs) /

noun

  1. a method of printing in which ink is transferred from raised surfaces to paper by pressure; relief printing
  2. matter so printed
text matter as distinct from illustrations
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