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

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 The research was published online March 28 in the preprint journal arXiv. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Why scientists are teaching AI to think like a dog," 26 Apr. 2018 Sebat and his colleagues posted their results on a preprint server in March 2017. Nicholette Zeliadt, Scientific American, "Some Mutations Tied to Autism May Be Passed Down from Fathers," 19 Apr. 2018 Nature wrote about Erlich’s project in its early stages back in 2013, and last year, the Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang reported that the researchers had released a preprint of the massive tree. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "This May Be the World’s Largest Family Tree," 5 Mar. 2018 Their results appear in a study available on the preprint server arXiv. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Tesla Roadster Has Six Percent Chance of Crashing to Earth in the Next Million Years," 17 Feb. 2018 The findings were written in a preprint paper, which means it hasn’t been peer reviewed or published in a journal yet. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Most People May Already Be Immune to CRISPR," 10 Jan. 2018 At times, the EGU journals have led to confusion among reporters unused to preprints in the geosciences. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Dueling preprint servers coming for the geosciences," 22 Sep. 2017

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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1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1897, in the meaning defined above

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