composing stick meaning
- noun (printing)
A box-like holder in which type is fitted before it is placed on the galley
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- Early composing sticks were made of wood, but later iron, brass, steel, aluminium, pewter and other metals were used.
- Wooden composing sticks continued to be made in large sizes into the nineteenth century, for setting wood letter and other large sizes of type for display.
- Additionally, typesetters sometimes selected various spellings based on typographical criteria, such as aiming for uniform line-lengths when assembling type pieces on a composing stick.
- With the Renaissance invention of letterpress printing and cold-metal moveable type, typesetting was accomplished by physically assembling characters using a composing stick into a galley-a long tray.