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M weight   The actual weight of 1000 sheets of any given size of paper.  
Machine coated   Paper that has had a coating applied to either one or two of its sides during the papermaking process.  
Machine direction   An alternate term for grain direction.  
Machine finish   A paper finish that results from the interaction of the paper with the Fourdrinier process as opposed to post machine embossing. Reference Fourdrinier  
Magnetic black   Black pigments containing black iron oxides, used for magnetic ink character recognition.  
Make-ready   Paper that is used in the press set-up process before the printing run actually starts.  
Mask   A photo negative or positive used in the color separation process to color correct. Reference PRINTING, mask.  
Mask   The blocking out of a portion of the printing plate during the exposure process.  
Matte finish   A coated paper finish that goes through minimal calendaring. Reference calendaring.  
Measure   The width of type as measured in picas. Reference picas.  
Mechanical   A term used to describe finished artwork that is camera ready for reproduction, including all type, photos  
Metropolitan Service Area   A group of ZIP codes usually in close proximity defining a large area metropolitan area (e.g. New York City or Los Angeles). Moire An undesirable halftone pattern produced by the incorrect angles of overprinting halftone screens.  
Moftle   A term used to describe spotty or uneven ink absorption.  
Moire   An undesirable pattern which results from incorrect screen angles on a printed picture.  
Moire   An undesireable halftone pattern produced by the incorrect angles of overprinting halftone screens.  
Molleton   A cotton fabric used on the dampening rollers of a printing press.  
Molybdate orange   An ink pigment made from precipitating lead molybdate, lead sulfate and lead chromate.  
Mullen testing   A specific test of tensile paper strength; an important factor if web presses are used for printing.  

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