com·​pos·​i·​tor kəm-ˈpä-zə-tər How to pronounce compositor (audio)
: one who sets type

Examples of compositor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Isadore, a skilled compositor and typesetter, opened a printing shop downtown, while Gertrude worked nearby in the corsetry section of Jordan Marsh’s bargain basement. Bob Hohler,, 31 May 2023 In 2023, no data exists for the number of artists, digital compositors, and effects specialists working across the globe, but their ranks have grown exponentially to meet the metastasizing demand for animated fare. Chris Lee, Vulture, 23 June 2023 Then there's the new modular design and multithreaded compositor, which combine to offer a browser that can dynamically adapt depending on what the user is doing while promising a faster and smoother user interface thanks to multithreading. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 20 June 2023 Her father, a newspaper editor back in his native country, now worked as a compositor at Riverside Press, which published The Atlantic Monthly magazine as well as books and other periodicals. Dick Lehr,, 20 Jan. 2023 Prior to Fancy VFX, Green worked as senior nuke compositor at Crafty Apes VFX. Katie Reul, Variety, 1 Nov. 2022 Positions available include: 2D Animator, ink & paint finisher senior 2D effects artist, 3D animator, CG layout artist surfacing artist, compositor, CG effects artist, CG effects lead, CG supervisor and VFX supervisor. Patrick Frater, Variety, 13 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compositor was in 1569

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“Compositor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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com·​pos·​i·​tor kəm-ˈpäz-ət-ər How to pronounce compositor (audio)
: one who arranges type for printing

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