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verb, lin·o·typed, lin·o·typ·ing. Printing.
  1. to typeset on a Linotype machine.
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Origin of linotype

see origin at Linotype
Related formslin·o·typ·er, lin·o·typ·ist, noun


  1. a brand of typesetting machine that casts solid lines of type from brass dies, or matrices, selected automatically by actuating a keyboard.
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Historical Examples of linotype

  • The text of this book was set on the linotype in Baskerville.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • If the book is set in linotype, the make-up will have been unable to make these changes.

  • This machine is called a linotype because it casts a whole line of type at a time.

    Makers of Many Things

    Eva March Tappan

  • (d) The introduction of the Linotype machine, of which there are three in this establishment.

  • These machines are called respectively the Linotype and Monotype.

British Dictionary definitions for linotype


  1. trademark a typesetting machine, operated by a keyboard, that casts an entire line on one solid slug of metal
  2. type produced by such a machine
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Word Origin and History for linotype



1886, American English, trademark name (Mergenthaler Linotype Co.), from line o' type, for a composing machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899) in widespread use in newspaper production early 20c.

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