brayer

brayer

[brey-er]
noun Printing.
a small roller for inking type by hand, usually for making a proof.

Origin:
1680–90; bray2 + -er1

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bray1 (breɪ)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of a donkey) to utter its characteristic loud harsh sound; heehaw
2.  (intr) to make a similar sound, as in laughing: he brayed at the joke
3.  (tr) to utter with a loud harsh sound
 
n
4.  the loud harsh sound uttered by a donkey
5.  a similar loud cry or uproar: a bray of protest
 
[C13: from Old French braire, probably of Celtic origin]
 
'brayer1
 
n

bray2 (breɪ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to distribute (ink) over printing type or plates
2.  (tr) to pound into a powder, as in a mortar
3.  dialect (Northern English) to hit or beat (someone or something) hard; bang
 
[C14: from Old French breier of Germanic origin; see break]
 
'brayer2
 
n

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