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 June 2019, Krumholz co-founded the preprint server medRxiv, a venue on which researchers could post their research studies and articles prior to undergoing what is often a lengthy peer review process. Ryan Prior, CNN, 4 July 2021 The 32-page study was posted in May on the bioRxiv preprint server and has not yet received peer review or been accepted for publication in a journal. Eric Niiler, Wired, 1 July 2021 The company, whose vaccine uses messenger RNA technology and requires two doses, submitted the data to the bioRxiv preprint server ahead of peer review. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 Chinese researchers initially submitted the sequences to the NIH database in March 2020 and published information about them in a paper on a preprint server, according to the NIH. WSJ, 23 June 2021 In the preprint study, Delta and Gamma collectively made up around 30 percent of all cases in the US as of June 9, with Delta making up around 14 percent of cases and Gamma making up around 16 percent. Beth Mole, Wired, 24 June 2021 Food and agriculture workers are the most likely of all frontline workers to contract the virus, according to a preprint study of working-age Californians. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 June 2021 In a new preprint study, Andrew Stokes, a professor of population health at Boston University, and his colleagues calculated excess deaths at the county level. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 4 June 2021 The researchers found significant flaws with papers published on preprint servers as well as those published in journals that impose more scrutiny through peer review. Casey Ross Reprints, STAT, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The letters were preprinted with persuasive messages but included room for each guest to add a personal note. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, 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, 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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