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composing stick

noun, Printing.
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.
Origin of composing stick
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Paul started as if an arrow had gone through him, and dropped his composing-stick a second time.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • When the composing-stick has been filled, it is emptied into the galley, which is a flat board, partly surrounded with a rim.

  • A man comes along with a composing-stick in his pocket and starts a newspaper.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • As the type is set up it is removed from the composing-stick to long forms called galleys.

  • Thus we now have the expressions: a "composing-room," a "composing-stick," etc.

  • I know many actors who are practical printers, fellows who can wield a composing-stick as deftly as a fighting sword.

  • He flushed up as Reginald approached, and put down his composing-stick to shake hands with him.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • The whole process is completed by setting up the types in a printer's composing-stick, and tying them up with packthread.

  • "Take this composing-stick and let me see whether you are competent or not," said Keimer.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Being expert with the composing-stick, he was readily engaged at good wages by his old employer, Keimer.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for composing-stick

composing stick

(printing) a metal holder of adjustable width in which a compositor sets a line of type at a time by hand; now rarely used
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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