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composing stick

noun, Printing.
1.
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
1670-1680
1670-80
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British Dictionary definitions for composing-stick

composing stick

noun
1.
(printing) a metal holder of adjustable width in which a compositor sets a line of type at a time by hand; now rarely used
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