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noun (1)

: a calendering machine in which paper or cloth is glossed by being pressed between glazed boards and hot metal plates
: a hydraulic oil press in which the contents are kept hot by steam radiators


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transitive verb

: to gloss (paper or cloth) or to express (oil) by combined heat and pressure
: to press (wood or metal) while hot

hot press

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noun (2)

: a small heated room for drying laundry

Word History

First Known Use

Transitive Verb

, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hot-press was in

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“Hot-press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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