Definition of hot metal in English:

hot metal


  • A typesetting technique in which type is newly made each time from molten metal, cast by a composing machine.

    ‘in the old days of hot metal’
    as modifier ‘when hot-metal type gave way to filmsetting’
    • ‘This was in the days of hot metal Linotype when, to remove a comma at page-proof stage, was a costly business.’
    • ‘For those who recall the Imperial typewriter, the copy-takers and slugs of type set in hot metal, it is the next stage in the ongoing media revolution.’
    • ‘When I arrived there in 1979 the journal was set in hot metal, there wasn't a computer to be seen, and it took three months for copies of the journal to reach Australia.’
    • ‘It sounds like the Victorian era when I talk about it now, but I was an indentured apprentice and I was in there at the death of hot metal and I still think that a Linotype machine is a more amazing creation than a computer.’
    • ‘Witnesses later commented that hot-metal sparks, similar to a welder's cutting torch came from the tailpipe in a long, blue flame.’
    • ‘In another basement space the demented, clacking linotype machines stamped out our stories in hot metal while their grey-faced operators somehow stayed noisily blithe.’
    • ‘Keith Cordery, regional pre-press manager for Newsquest until the end of 2000, started work at The Gazette in 1958 at the age of 15 as an apprentice compositor in the hot metal age.’
    • ‘The agency started using computers back in the 1960s when such innovations seemed light years away from the hot metal British press.’
    • ‘Third from the right in the picture is stereotyper Pat Kneafsey who took the impressions of the chased hot-metal pages on to asbestos’
    • ‘Harry Kirkpatrick, a former Observer director, said: ‘Bob was one of the great hot metal composing room overseers in the newspaper industry.’’
    • ‘For nearly a century, the text to be printed was cast in hot metal, using monotype to set single characters or linotype to set text line by line.’
    • ‘When Joan Edison was farewelled from The Daily Telegraph's sub-editors desk last week after many, many years' sterling service, her colleagues revived a practice rarely seen since the demise of hot-metal printing.’
    • ‘A display charts the history of the Wiltshire Times and includes equipment used in the hot metal printing process when the paper was printed in Trowbridge until November 1986.’