Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Paper on, or as it comes from, the papermaking machine in its full width, or from a roll of paper in any converting operation. The expression "in the direction of the web" means in the direction of the run of the papermaking machine when the paper is being made. It also means the direction in which the greater proportion of the paper fibers are oriented, i.e., the grain (machine direction) of the paper. The direction of the web is important in work printed to register, as paper stretches more across the web than in the direction of it.

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