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hot metal composition

a form of typesetting where characters or whole words or lines of type are set using molten metal, from instructions given to the setting machine on perforated tape produced by the compositor\'s keyboard The book was set in hot metal.

We used hot metal setting for his last book.

COMMENT: Hot metal setting was used both for books and for newspapers for over 100 years. The ‘Guardian’ newspaper was still being set in hot metal in 1987. This type of setting is still occasionally used by jobbing printers.



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