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(in publishing), a preliminary layout of a book or magazine made up in a publishing house for determining the precise distribution of text and figures. A test copy of a book or its binding made in the printing house before the printing of the entire run is also called a dummy. The planned distribution of material in columns or pages, which is compiled before the pages of a newspaper are made up, is often called a dummy.
a form in the shape of the human figure made from various materials, such as papier-mache or wood, used for displaying or fitting clothing (in stores or tailor shops).