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flexography

[flek-sog-ra-fee] /flɛkˈsɒg ræ fi/
noun, Printing.
1.
a relief printing technique similar to letterpress that employs rubber or soft plastic plates, a simple inking system, and fast-drying inks.
Also called flexographic printing.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; flex1 or flex2 + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
flexographic
[flek-suh-graf-ik] /ˌflɛk səˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for flexography
  • flexography is a versatile process that can print on a variety of materials of varying sizes.
  • For flexography, the project partners chose to focus on the types of inks used.
  • In addition to gravure printing, flexography is used for folding cartons.
  • The current rule covers four areas of the graphic arts industries: lithography, flexography, gravure and letterpress printing.
  • Web letterpress, traditionally used to print newspapers, is being replaced by lithography and flexography.
British Dictionary definitions for flexography

flexography

/flɛkˈsɒɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
a method of rotary letterpress printing using a resilient printing plate and solvent-based ink: used characteristically for printing on metal foil or plastic
2.
matter printed by this method
flexo
Derived Forms
flexographic (ˌflɛksəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
flexographically, adverb
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Encyclopedia Article for flexography

form of rotary printing in which ink is applied to various surfaces by means of flexible rubber (or other elastomeric) printing plates. The inks used in flexography dry quickly by evaporation and are safe for use on wrappers that come directly in contact with foods.

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