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English Dictionary: stereotype by the DICT Development Group
3 results for stereotype
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a conventional or formulaic conception or image; "regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding"
  1. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
    Synonym(s): pigeonhole, stereotype, stamp
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stereotype \Ste"re*o*type\, n. [Stereo- + -type: cf. F.
      1. A plate forming an exact faximile of a page of type or of
            an engraving, used in printing books, etc.; specifically,
            a plate with type-metal face, used for printing.
      Note: A stereotype, or stereotypr plate, is made by setting
               movable type as for ordinary printing; from these a
               cast is taken in plaster of Paris, paper pulp, or the
               like, and upon this cast melted type metal is poured,
               which, when hardened, makes a solid page or column,
               from which the impression is taken as from type.
      2. The art or process of making such plates, or of executing
            work by means of them.
      {Stereotype block}, a block, usually of wood, to which a
            stereotype plate is attached while being used in printing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stereotype \Ste"re*o*type\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stereotyped};
      p. pr. & vb. n. {Stereotyping}.] [Cf. F. st[82]r[82]otyper.]
      1. To prepare for printing in stereotype; to make the
            stereotype plates of; as, to stereotype the Bible.
      2. Fig.: To make firm or permanent; to fix.
                     Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate
                     the poverty of old conditions.            --Duke of
                                                                              Argyll (1887).
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