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A small shallow tray, usually metal and with an adjustable end, in which type is set by hand. Also called job stick.
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a metal holder of adjustable width in which a compositor sets a line of type at a time by hand; now rarely used
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a portable, adjustable, usu. metal tray that the compositor holds in one hand while placing in it type gathered with the other hand.
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