from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a machine that sets type on a metal slug, operated by a keyboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of typesetting machine which produces castings, each of which corresponds to a line of separate types. By pressing the keys of a keyboard like one on a typewriter, the matrices for one line are properly arranged; the entire line, or stereotype, or slug, is then cast and planed, and the matrices are returned to their proper places, the whole process being automatic.
  • n. The slug produced by the machine, or matter composed in such lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine in which stereotyped lines (of words) are produced, for use in printing. See cut in next column.
  • Composed with the linotype machine.
  • To set with a linotype machine.
  • n. A machine in which stereotyped lines (of words) are produced, for use in printing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a typesetting machine operated from a keyboard that casts an entire line as a single slug of metal


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  • Legend has it that the "Linotype" was so named when an editor, looking over Mergenthaler's shoulder at the first prototype, beheld the result and exclaimed, "A line of type!"


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  • In the old days of Linotype machines, operators re-typed the story on the machine, which cast slugs of type a few words long, which were then assembled into a frame.

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