monotype

[ mon-uh-tahyp ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. monotreme,
  2. monotrichate,
  3. monotrichous,
  4. monotriglyph,
  5. monotropy,
  6. monotypic,
  7. monounsaturate,
  8. monounsaturated,
  9. monovalent,
  10. monovision

Origin of monotype

First recorded in 1880–85; mono- + -type

Monotype

[ mon-uh-tahyp ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌtaɪp /

Printing, Trademark.

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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British Dictionary definitions for monotype

monotype

/ (ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp) /

noun

a single print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture has been painted
biology a monotypic genus or species

Monotype

/ (ˈmɒnəˌtaɪp) /

noun

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

monotype

n.

1881 in biology; 1882 in printers' arts; 1893 as a brand name of typesetting machine; see mono- + type.

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