from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stone or metal slab on which material to be printed is arranged. Also called imposing table.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the stone on which the pages or columns of types are imposed or made into forms; -- called also imposing table.
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The Earl of Wetherby looked with some interest at the large, imposing stone gateposts with the iron gates and the square stone lodge beside it.
If a man should write a book and in it make one of his characters say, "Here, devil, empty the quoins into the standing galley and the imposing stone into the hell-box; assemble the comps around the frisket and let them jeff for takes and be quick about it," I should recognize a mistake or two in the phrasing, and would know that the writer was only a printer theoretically, not practically.