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imposing stone

noun, Printing.
a slab, formerly of stone but now usually of metal, on which pages of type or plates are imposed and on which type correcting in the page is done.
Also called imposing table.
Origin of imposing stone
1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His grave in the Jefferson cemetery has been marked with the imposing-stone that he used in his office.

    Years of My Youth William Dean Howells
  • The editors and printers slept on the floor, a Chinaman did their cooking, and the "imposing-stone" was the general dinner table.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The imposing-stone—a piece of marble or other flat stone set upon the work table.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • A clever catechist made him an imposing-stone out of two boulders of basalt found in a river-bed hard by.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for imposing-stone

imposing stone

(printing) a flat hard surface upon which pages printed from hot metal are imposed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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