One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A body of type secured in a chase for printing.
- ‘In many cases, the formes are reminders of the work of the individual tradesmen whose handiwork has outlived them.’
- ‘Elastomeric materials have long been used to produce printing blocks, printing rollers, printing formes and elastomeric covered printing sleeves for flexographic printing.’
- 1.1 A quantity of film arranged for making a plate.
Late 15th century: variant of form.
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