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type metal

  1. an alloy for making printing types, consisting chiefly of lead and antimony, and sometimes small quantities of tin, copper, etc.
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Origin of type metal

First recorded in 1790–1800
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  • This shell is backed with type-metal and is then ready for use.

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  • Type-metal is an alloy of lead with antimony and tin, to which occasionally a small quantity of copper or zinc is added.

  • With a result not very different was the application of antimony in the composition of printer's type-metal.

  • Having been sent to the casting-room, the types are slightly oiled, and surrounded with a frame of brass or type-metal.

  • The type-metal is prepared for immediate use by melting it, as fast as it may be needed, in a small crucible, over a coal fire.

British Dictionary definitions for type metal

type metal

  1. printing an alloy of tin, lead, and antimony, from which type is cast
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