- the only print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture is painted in oil color, printing ink, or the like.
- the method of producing such a print.
- Biology. the only type of its group, as a single species constituting a genus.
Origin of monotype
- a brand of machine for setting and casting type, consisting of a separate keyboard for producing a paper tape containing holes in a coded pattern so that when this tape is fed into the casting unit each code evokes a unique letter cast from hot metal by a special matrix.
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Examples from the Web for monotype
These machines are called respectively the Linotype and Monotype.The Romance of Modern Invention
What are the essential differences between a Monotype and a Linotype?Type
A. A. Stewart
It is called the monotype because it casts and sets up the type piece by piece.Stories of Inventors
It will be seen, therefore, that the casting portion of the monotype machine is actually automatic.The Building of a Book
"This is a monotype," said Mr. Buckingham Smith, picking up a dusty print off the window-sill.The Roll-Call
- a single print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture has been painted
- biology a monotypic genus or species
- trademark any of various typesetting systems, esp originally one in which each character was cast individually from hot metal
- type produced by such a system
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Word Origin and History for monotype
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