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letterpress

[let-er-pres] /ˈlɛt ərˌprɛs/
noun
1.
the process of printing from letters or type in relief, rather than from intaglio plates or planographically.
2.
matter printed in such a manner.
3.
Chiefly British. printed text or reading matter, as distinguished from illustrations.
adverb
4.
by letterpress:
The circular should be printed letterpress, not offset.
adjective
5.
set in letterpress:
letterpress work.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; letter1 + press1
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British Dictionary definitions for letter-press

letterpress

/ˈlɛtəˌprɛs/
noun
1.
  1. a method of printing in which ink is transferred from raised surfaces to paper by pressure; relief printing
  2. matter so printed
2.
text matter as distinct from illustrations
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