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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A process for producing a design upon a surface in relief so that it can be printed from. Prepared chalk or zinc oxide is pressed upon a smooth plate by a hydraulic press, and the design is drawn upon this in a peculiar ink which hardens the surface wherever it is applied. The surface is then carefully rubbed or brushed, leaving the lines in relief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A process for producing a design upon a surface in relief so that it can be printed from. Prepared chalk or oxide of zinc is pressed upon a smooth plate by a hydraulic press, and the design is drawn upon this in a peculiar ink which hardens the surface wherever it is applied. The surface is then carefully rubbed or brushed, leaving the lines in relief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A process of making blocks for use in surface-printing.
  • n. A type-writer for embossing letters upon thin sheets of metal to form type for use in an addressing-machine.
  • n. A form of type-casting and -setting machine.

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