from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In printing, a thin framework of iron hinged to the top of the tympan of a hand-press.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Print.) The light frame which holds the sheet of paper to the tympan in printing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thin frame in a printing press that holds the sheet of paper in position and acts as a mask.


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  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • Each page in the press takes a brisk hit.

    The printer then quickly must whisk it

    (A dextrous winkle,

    No tearing or wrinkle)

    From out between tympan and frisket.

    March 2, 2014