One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A printing press in which the plate is passed on a flat bed under a revolving cylinder against which it is pressed; specifically a copperplate press of this type.
2A press which flattens, smooths, etc., by means of cylinders or rollers; a rolling-machine.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Norden (c1547–1625), cartographer. From rolling + press.
rolling press/ˈrəʊlɪŋ ˌprɛs/
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