patent base

patent base

[′pat·ənt ‚bās]
(graphic arts)
In letterpress technology, a metal base with slots that is used to hold unmounted electrotypes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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