Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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dimensional stability

That property of a paper, board, etc., which relates to the consistency of its dimensions. The property is associated with changes occurring in a material due to changes in moisture content, the application of load, or simply with the passage of time. Dimensional stability of paper is important in printing, especially in multi-color processes, since papers with poor dimensional stability may give misregister. This is because, when they are run through the press, the dimensions change from one color run to the next. See also: CREEP ;HYGROEXPANSIVITY . (17 , 139 )

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