composing stick
noun Date: 1659 a tray with an adjustable slide that a compositor holds in one hand and sets type into with the other

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  • Composing stick — Composing Com*pos ing, a. 1. Tending to compose or soothe. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition. [1913 Webster] {Composing frame} (Print.), a stand for holding cases of type when in use. {Composing rule} (Print.), a thin slip… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • composing stick — n. a hand held adjustable metal tray in which a compositor sets type into words …   English World dictionary

  • Composing stick — A composing stick loaded with metal movable type, lying on a lower case with larger boxes for more common minuscule letters: the upper case holds capital letters. In letterpress printing and typesetting, a composing stick is an instrument used to …   Wikipedia

  • composing stick — noun : a shallow tray formerly of wood but now usually of metal that has an adjustable slide and is held in one hand by a compositor as he sets type into it with the other hand; also : a device of comparable function (as for hand setting matrices …   Useful english dictionary

  • composing stick — Print. a portable, adjustable, usually metal tray that the compositor holds in one hand while placing in it type gathered with the other hand. Also called job stick. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • composing stick — compos′ing stick n. pri a portable, adjustable, usu. metal tray that the compositor holds in one hand while placing in it type gathered with the other hand • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • composing stick — /kəmˈpoʊzɪŋ stɪk/ (say kuhm pohzing stik) noun Printing a small (usually) metal tray of adjustable width, in which type is set …   Australian English dictionary

  • stick — [stik] n. [ME stikke < OE sticca, akin to Du stek, ON stik < IE base * steig , a point > STAKE, Frank * stakka, Gr stigma, L instigare, INSTIGATE] 1. a long, usually slender piece of wood; specif., a) a twig or small branch broken off or …   English World dictionary

  • Stick — Stick, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. See {Stick}, v. t..] 1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stick chimney — Stick Stick, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. See {Stick}, v. t..] 1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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