Definition of hand press in US English:

hand press


  • A printing press that is operated by hand.

    • ‘The tympan is the framework in a hand press that restrains the individual sheets and thus, through its various settings, ensures the proper disposition of text and margin, language and silence.’
    • ‘It was printed on a hand press, in which ink was rolled over the raised surfaces of hand-set letters held together within a wooden form.’
    • ‘This small quarto contains an account of the making of the hand-press upon which it was printed.’
    • ‘The printing press upon which they worked was a Colombian hand press invented by George Clymer in Philadelphia in 1813.’
    • ‘An iron hand press operated by two people prints 200 to 250 sheets per hour.’