from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A copperplate-printers' press in which impression is made by passing the plate under a rolling cylinder.
  • n. A calendering-machine, which consists of two or more closely geared cylinders of smooth surface, used for smoothing and polishing the surface of paper.
  • n. A machine with two or more steam-heated iron rollers, which removes indentations from printed sheets.
  • n. In letterpress printing, a printing mechanism in which a cylinder rolls to and fro over the type to be printed, as in the ordinary galley-proof press.


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  • This process has been superseded by the rolling-press; but with the admirable presses that are now to be had, simple pressing will be found to be sufficient for the "extra" binder.

    Bookbinding, and the Care of Books A handbook for Amateurs, Bookbinders & Librarians

  • The insect thus forms a sort of rolling-press, in which the mud wall is flattened and shaped.

    Bramble-Bees and Others

  • In attempting to imitate the most perfect banknote, the first process would be to place it with the printed side downwards upon a stone or other substance, on which, by passing it through a rolling-press, it might be firmly fixed.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures

  • [Footnote 22: Impressions have been taken from plates engraved by the ancient Egyptians; and one of these, printed by the ordinary rolling-press, was exhibited at the Great Manchester Exhibition, 1857; it being for all practical purposes similar to those executed in the present day.]

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • There is then a minute account of the mechanical process (in which the nieces assisted) how, by means of "great store of the best and strongest white paper, nice knives and scissars, pasting and rolling-press" work -- the arduous task was at length accomplished: and Mary Collet, one of Mr. Ferrar's nieces, put the grand finishing stroke to the whole, by "doing a deed" -- which has snapt asunder the threads of Penelope's web for envy: -- "She bound the book entirely, ALL WROUGHT IN GOLD, in a new and most elegant fashion."

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

  • Ihe copper-plate you mention was printed oJBF at the rolling-press, another branch of business) and the money I charged is what I paid for working it.

    Literary anecdotes of the eighteenth century; comprizing biographical memoirs of William Bowyer, printer, F. S. A.


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