from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine for casting molten iron from a blast-furnace into pigs. Several types are in use.
- n. A mechanism which founds types.
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Now they are turned out, with inconceivable rapidity, from a casting-machine worked by steam.
Thus, when the composition is cast by the casting-machine the space into which the block is to fit is occupied by a square of
The paper rolls, occupying but a few square inches of space, can be kept, and when the time arrives may be passed through the casting-machine again, to supply a new printing surface identical in every respect with the original.
To return, however, to the perforated roll of paper, which it must be imagined has passed entirely through the casting-machine and has been automatically re-rolled.
The keyboard, as a matter of fact, acts as a sort of go-between betwixt the operator and the casting-machine, setting the latter the task it has to perform and indicating to it the precise manner of its performance.
The casting-machine works at so high a rate of speed (casting from one hundred and forty to one hundred and fifty characters per minute) that it can in its output keep well ahead of the operator on the keyboard.
As it is swiftly unwound it delivers to the casting-machine the message with which the operator has charged it.