from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An apparatus for making duplicate copies of letters, circulars, etc., written on sensitized paper with a pen of peculiar make, or with a typewriter.
  • noun A peristyle of circular form.

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

  • noun A contrivance for producing manifold copies of writing or drawing. The writing or drawing is done with a style carrying a small wheel at the end which makes minute punctures in the paper, thus converting it into a stencil. Copies are transferred with an inked roller.

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

  • noun architecture A circular group of columns without a core.
  • noun A device used to make copies of a drawing or writing, via small punctures made in the outline
  • verb To use such a wheel and puncture device to make copies.

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

  • verb print with an implement with small toothed wheels that cuts small holes in a stencil
  • noun a writing implement with a small toothed wheel that cuts small holes in a stencil


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