pre·​print | \ ˈprē-ˌprint How to pronounce preprint (audio) , 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 How to pronounce preprint (audio) \
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 In a recent preprint study, published ahead of peer review, scientists tried to estimate this with a meta-analysis, or a study of studies. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 Recent concerns over airborne transmission arose after a preprint study of hospitalized monkeypox patients in the U.K. found widespread contamination throughout their rooms, including in 5 out of 15 air samples. Megan Molteni, STAT, 12 Aug. 2022 The preprint study, which has not been peer-reviewed, was authored by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission. Martin Finucane,, 10 Aug. 2022 Another recent preprint study by infectious disease experts at UC San Diego looked at 568 Covid patients and found that 27 percent of them experienced rebounding symptoms. David Cox, Wired, 9 Aug. 2022 Al-Aly is the lead author of a preprint study on U.S. veterans that found that the risk of developing heart or lung disease, blood clotting issues and other serious health problems — including death — rose with each subsequent infection. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Neither preprint study, for instance, found evidence of actual virus in the liver tissue of infected children. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 29 July 2022 This preprint study doesn’t rule out other possible causes of long COVID, however, particularly because not all of the long COVID sufferers had the spike protein in their blood. Sasha Warren, Scientific American, 21 July 2022 The findings were posted on the preprint server arXiv and have been accepted for publication in the journal Nature, according to a press release. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The study was released to preprint recently and has not been peer reviewed. Julie Washington, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 Scientists are good at creating new ways of sharing information, from the World Wide Web to preprint servers like arXiv. Iulia Georgescu, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 Although journals have tried to speed up peer review, many authors bypass it altogether by uploading working papers to preprint sites. The Economist, 30 May 2020 Over the past few months, scientists around the world have embarked on similar efforts to identify medicines that might treat Covid-19, posting their work to preprint servers and debating the merits of various approaches. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 6 Apr. 2020 This objection has fallen by the wayside in response to widespread support for the value that preprints confer. Jeffrey S. Flier, STAT, 23 Mar. 2020 Some are posting their work to preprint servers, a practice that, while common in fields like physics, has never taken off in biology. Quanta Magazine, 7 July 2016 In today’s preprinted Food & Dining section, the Summer Eating List reported that Pizzeria Portofino would be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Chicago Tribune,, 4 June 2019 There is a page-numbering error in some editions of Sunday’s preprinted Real Estate section. Chicago Tribune,, 18 May 2018 See More

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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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“Preprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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