composing stick

noun

Definition of composing stick

: a tray with an adjustable slide that a compositor holds in one hand and sets type into with the other

Illustration of composing stick

Illustration of composing stick

First Known Use of composing stick

1659, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about composing stick

Time Traveler for composing stick

Time Traveler

The first known use of composing stick was in 1659

See more words from the same year

Statistics for composing stick

Cite this Entry

“Composing stick.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/composing%20stick. Accessed 13 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on composing stick

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with composing stick

Comments on composing stick

What made you want to look up composing stick? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

easily led, controlled, or managed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!