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(fō′tō-ôf′sĕt′, -ŏf′-)
A method of offset printing using photomechanical plates.


(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing an offset process in which the plates are produced photomechanically


(ˌfoʊ toʊˈɔfˌsɛt, -ˈɒf-)

n., v. -set, -set•ting. n.
1. a method of printing, based on photolithography, in which the inked image is transferred from the metal plate to a rubber surface and then to the paper.
v.t., v.i.
2. to print by photo-offset.
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offset printing, offset - a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
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At times the argument is not wholly clear: "With modern photo-offset printing, such an edition might still be reproducible in cheaper editions so long as no note numbers appear in the text itself, but this method is difficult and expensive" (105); therefore presumably not "cheaper.
The Enterprise was among the first dailies to convert from hot type to photo-offset printing and to adopt electronic typesetting and use of computers.
In the 1960s, the industry changed from the hot-metal, letterpress era to photo-offset printing.