from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A composer of types; a compositor.
  • noun A type-setting machine. See type-setting.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, sets type; a compositor; a machine for setting type.

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

  • noun A person who sets type. Formerly an employee in a printshop who manually selected pieces of moveable type and assembled them for printing.

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

  • noun one who sets written material into type


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  • On p. 142 the giant crabs from the blurb finally appear, and, the author having run short of idiocies, the typesetter is forced to increase the interline spacing about 16% to make the book come out the right number of pages ...

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  • I have been known to call the typesetter and ask for 'just one last little tweak'.

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  • There are rules involving the use of these signs, and most books obey them all the way through, but in this book either the author was being experimental, or the typesetter was a bit confused.

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  • This has been brought up before on this blog, and it's called the typesetter's rule.


  • This has been brought up before on this blog, and it's called the typesetter's rule.


  • Was this just a typo, a mistake, or was the reporter, transcriber or typesetter having a bit of sly fun?

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  • After college (where I studied English Lit and film), I became a typesetter.

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  • And this helped me cobble together an early professional career both as a typesetter and a journalist, because I knew how to operate these complicated phototypesetting machines.

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  • During the editing process, successive versions of the same novel flit back and forth between author, agent, typesetter and publisher in a series of email attachments, presumably all with variations on the same file name.

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  • The main costs are in the back-end stuff that the reader doesn't see - the author will want an advance, of course, and there must be an editor, a copy-editor, several proof-readers, a typesetter, etc.

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