com·​pos·​i·​tor | \ kəm-ˈpä-zə-tər How to pronounce compositor (audio) \

Definition of compositor

: one who sets type

Examples of compositor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Steinberg saw in Rauschenberg’s early works an omnium gatherum of visual information not unlike the elements that the compositor arranges on the bed of an old-fashioned printing press (headings, lines of text, images). Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 Con su voz genuina, como intérprete y compositor, consiguió ser uno de los artistas más queridos y universales. Claudia Harmata,, 8 Sep. 2019 In my business, newspaper publishing, work that had been done by dozens of skilled and specialized workers (compositors, paste-up artists, camera operators, platemakers) could suddenly be done by one person sitting at a computer. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 19 Jan. 2018 But Kristian Høgsberg, the original author of Wayland, pointed out on Google+ that these features were already implemented in Wayland’s compositor Weston. Klint Finley, WIRED, 8 Mar. 2013

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First Known Use of compositor

1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Compositor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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