The operation of reducing the bulk of the entire
text block, as opposed to NIPPING (1) .
Smashing compacts and consolidates the text block.
driving the air from between the leaves. Smashing
is particularly important in edition binding
because it is essential that the books be of
uniform thickness so that the machines, e.g.,
rounding and backing, casing-in, etc., can be set
up just once for the entire run of the edition.
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