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

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These include two that glow green, two more that are blue under white light, and one that switches between yellow and clear when exposed to light, Shaner and colleagues report on the preprint server bioRxiv. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "This jellyfish makes glowing proteins previously unknown to science," 19 July 2019 North Korea actually had 8362 HIV-positive individuals in 2018, estimates a report that a team of researchers from North Korea and the United States has submitted to the preprint server medRxiv. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: North Korea claimed to be free of HIV. But infections appear to be surging," 24 June 2019 The paper was posted on the preprint server and has not yet been peer-reviewed. Quanta Magazine, "Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika," 11 July 2016 In March, Lehner and his team posted a preprint on the bioRxiv server describing its use to learn how an RNA-binding protein called TDP-43 may cause the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Mutant genes could supercharge efforts to decipher protein structures," 18 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain," 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,, "Corrections and clarifications," 4 June 2019 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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