pre·​print | \ ˈprē-ˌprint , ˌprē-ˈprint\

Definition of preprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an issue of a technical paper often in preliminary form before its publication in a journal
2 : something (such as an advertisement) printed before the rest of the publication in which it is to appear


pre·​print | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈprint \
preprinted; preprinting; preprints

Definition of preprint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to print in advance for later use

Examples of preprint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two scientific papers on the new findings have been posted to the arXiv preprint repository (here and here), pending publication. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists detected gravitational waves from four new black-hole mergers," 3 Dec. 2018 Besides the book's release, Hawking's final paper, on the black hole information paradox, was recently published by his colleagues in the preprint journal ArXiv. Sarah Lewin,, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018 The latest strike against self-reports was published last month on the preprint server PsyArXiv, first reported by New Scientist. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 Hawking did so, too, in a two-page 2014 paper posted to the preprint site Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Stephen Hawking’s final paper published, tackles famous paradox," 11 Oct. 2018 The research is described in a paper posted to the preprint server on July 30. Meghan Bartels,, "New NASA Planet Hunter May Find 10,000 Alien Worlds in Just Two Years," 8 Aug. 2018 One moves at 2400 kilometers per second, putting it among the fastest objects in the galaxy, the team reported on 30 April in a paper posted to the preprint repository arXiv. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "One of the Milky Way’s fastest stars is an invader from another galaxy," 8 May 2018 Three papers released today (two in Science and one on the preprint server arXiv) announce the culmination of this 60-year quest. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018 Anecdotally, researchers have understood for years that scientists in some fields were more likely to share their results, prepublication—at conferences, socially, and via preprint servers—than others. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Scientists Are Subverting Formal Publication. Well, Some of Them.," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is a page-numbering error in some editions of Sunday’s preprinted Real Estate section. Chicago Tribune,, "Corrections and clarifications," 18 May 2018 The letters were preprinted with persuasive messages but included room for each guest to add a personal note. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "These “Dinners for DACA” Make It Easier for People to Make a Difference," 12 Oct. 2017 Students sign in at a counter, on a sheet preprinted with their names, before walking through a metal detector. Heather Vogell, USA TODAY, "For-profit charter schools bill taxpayers for empty desks," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of preprint


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1897, in the meaning defined above

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