\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun
: a device consisting typically of a joined pair of thin reciprocally tapered steel wedges that is used as a variable-width space in keyboard slugcasting machines to expand and force the line of assembled matrices out to full measure so that a justified line is cast

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/spays"band'/, Print.
a wedge-shaped piece of metal used in typecasting machines to adjust the space between words and to justify lines of type.
[1900-05; SPACE + BAND2]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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