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[ih-lek-truh-tahyp] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌtaɪp/
a facsimile, for use in printing, of a block of type, an engraving, or the like, consisting of a thin copper or nickel shell deposited by electrolytic action in a wax, lead, or plastic mold of the original and backed with lead alloy.
verb (used with object), electrotyped, electrotyping.
to make an electrotype of.
Origin of electrotype
1830-40; electro- + type
Related forms
electrotyper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for electrotype
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  • It feeds itself with 6,500 sheets an hour, printing from a stereotype or an electrotype curved upon its cylinder.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Both cast and electrotype are in the National Portrait Gallery.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • You wanted to make some electrotype medals, as good as that first-rate one that Muldair copied when he lived in Paxton.

    How To Do It Edward Everett Hale
  • The second method of making a matrix is by electrotype process.

    Type A. A. Stewart
  • The etching complete, the wax is removed entirely, and a cast or electrotype negative record made from the zinc plate.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • I have an electrotype copy from such a dish, the original of which is in Manchester.

  • In 1839 Spencer described an electrotype process and carried the date of his operations back to September, 1837.

  • The brass and silver parts are thickly gilt by the electrotype process, so as to prevent their being acted upon by the salt water.

  • The ordinary practice followed in making mats is to use an electrotype or stereotype pattern plate made from the original form.

  • No sooner is electrotype invented, than the principal seat of the manufacture is established at Birmingham.

    Rides on Railways Samuel Sidney
British Dictionary definitions for electrotype


a duplicate printing plate made by electrolytically depositing a layer of copper or nickel onto a mould of the original Sometimes shortened to electro
(transitive) to make an electrotype of (printed matter, illustrations, etc)
Derived Forms
electrotyper, noun
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