from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In printing, a small composition-roller used for triturating and spreading the ink on a table or slab and daubling it on a platen or disk.
  • noun One who or that which brays like an ass.

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

  • noun An implement for braying and spreading ink in hand printing.
  • noun One that brays like an ass.

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

  • noun A hand printing roller used in to spread a thin even layer of ink.
  • noun One who brays, or makes the sound of a donkey.


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  • Not a donkey, but a small hand roller, typically used in printmaking to spread ink.

    September 24, 2007

  • "Place the wet paper on the cabinet. Use a soft, wet brayer to squeegee out the bubbles. Using wet fingers to smooth out the paper also works."

    - Warhol Kitchen.

    September 7, 2009