cold type

noun

: composition or typesetting (such as photocomposition) done without the casting of metal
specifically : such composition produced directly on paper by a typewriter mechanism

Examples of cold type in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skills required to turn hot lead into letters on a Linotype machine or to position a strip of cold type on a grid board were easily transferrable. John Kelly, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold type was in 1949

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“Cold type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20type. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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