movable type


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movable type

n. Printing
Type in which separate pieces of hard material, usually metal, are positioned in a rack to compose the lines on a page. Movable type was invented independently in China and Europe and made possible the widespread dissemination of information through the production of large numbers of identical documents.
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They say that the first movable types were made on birch sticks--BUCHSTABE--hence the name.
Tenders are invited for Industrial movable type air cooler
The first Arabic book composed with movable type was printed in Europe during the early 16th century, and print shops in the Ottoman Empire were using Arabic type during the 18th century, says Nemeth, but it was during the 20th century that Arabic type-making became a domain in its own right, and evolved into the specialized field of today.
The invention of movable type transformed society as few other inventions have before or after, making books available to the general public rather than only individuals and institutions that could afford precious engraved or handwritten manuscripts.
But as Peter devotes all his waking hours to the task of printing with movable type, he slowly discovers printing's beauty, its power and its art.
Noodles represent a pinnacle of civilisation, even though they are woefully under-represented alongside other important things like fire, paper, movable type, computers and console gaming.
If newspapers disappear, not only will there be nothing to take their place, but their decline and fall may herald the death of the printed word, to be exact, the death of what Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher of communications media, called our "Gutenberg galaxy," that world where the invention by Johanne Gutenberg of the printing press, or movable type, in 1439 introduced Europe to mass communication, which in turn permanently altered the structure of society.
When Gutenberg invented the mechanical movable type he not only opened the floodgates to the massive production of book, but also kick- started industrialization as such.
My wife has threatened to chuck them in the bin one day, like the way she trashed the newspapers I had been saving from the time Guttenberg may have invented the movable type printing press in his garage.
England and The Netherlands, which were printing centers, were particularly rife with peddlers from about 1600, when many printed materials became available thanks to the invention of movable type, until about 1850, when copyright laws began to control reimbursements to authors and costs ran beyond the resources of most vendors.
The Vatican Apostolic Library's documents include the first book printed with movable type, the 42 line Latin Bible of Gutenberg, which is dated between 1451 and 1455, as well as Greek testimonies of the works of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and Hippocrates.
His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period.