composing stick


Definition of composing stick

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

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Examples of composing stick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typesetters were highly skilled workers who set by hand each individual letter of type upside-down and backwards on a composing stick, then placed them on the press. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of composing stick

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of composing stick was in 1659

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“Composing stick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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