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dead matter

noun, Printing.
type that has been set and used for printing or platemaking and is of no further use.
Origin of dead matter
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ditch your rakish past and pick up an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower to clear your yard of deciduous dead matter.
  • Some of the dead matter escapes the degrading microbes and sinks into the deeper, darker layers of the ocean.
  • Here, life is dedicated to recycling dead matter into nutrients that will nurture new life.
  • dead matter disappearance was calculated each month as the product of relative decomposition rate and mean amount of dead matter.
  • Monthly losses were determined as the change in dead matter plus the estimated disappearance of dead matter through decomposition.
  • Decomposers eat this dead matter and use up the oxygen in the water, killing the fish and other animals.
  • He removed the dead matter and a significant amount of dead muscle and tissue, too, but he could not close the wound.
  • dead matter was removed from plants to eliminate any possible interference with the spray reaching the target leaf area.
  • Their primary function is to break down dead matter, particularly plants.

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