autopen

noun au·to·pen \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌpen \

Definition of autopen

plural autopens
:a device that mechanically reproduces a person's signature
  • Today autograph collecting is a growing avocation, enlivened by a renewed interest in musical manuscripts and scores and a fad for the rather rare letters of show-business figures. It is complicated by the autopen, which allows public figures to sign dozens of documents at one time …
  • —Jeffrey SimpsonArchitectural DigestDecember 1988
  • The machines sign letters at about the same pace as does the human hand. An autopen machine that automatically signs a stack of documents can spit out roughly 500 signatures an hour; those with manual document feeders, about 200 an hour.
  • —Nancy BenacAssociated Press27 June 2011
  • Everyone knows senators don't sign the vast majority of their letters; an autopen does that.
  • —Larry PresslerNew York Times23 Jan. 2000

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