print·​out | \ ˈprint-ˌau̇t How to pronounce printout (audio) \

Definition of printout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a printed record produced automatically (as by a computer)

print out

printed out; printing out; prints out

Definition of print out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a printout of

Examples of printout in a Sentence

Noun She gave me a printout of the directions.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the first vaccine passport in the nation, New Yorkers can already pull up a code on their cellphone or a printout to prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus that causes it. The Enquirer, "What's a vaccine passport and are they required in Ohio?," 9 Apr. 2021 With the new technology, called the Excelsior Pass, New Yorkers can show a screen or a printout with a special code that businesses scan with an app made by the state. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates U.S. cases involving Brazil variant on the rise, according to CDC data," 9 Apr. 2021 In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Excelsior Pass, a program that allows people to prove their vaccination or Covid-19 status via smartphone app or printout. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Vaccination Passports Are New Flashpoint in Covid-19 Pandemic," 9 Apr. 2021 Biden, at times, also took long pauses between questions, appeared to get lost in some answers, and was seen using a printout to assist him during the conference, which set off a torrent of criticisms among some media personalities. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Media praise Biden's 'refreshing' press conference as a welcome change from Trump administration," 25 Mar. 2021 Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or a printout to prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus that causes it. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "New York launches nation's first 'vaccine passports.' Others are working on similar ideas, but many details must be worked out.," 26 Mar. 2021 The flier, an apparent printout of George Floyd's toxicology report, appeared Saturday, Duke University confirmed, on a Black History Month display honoring Black victims of police violence. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A printout of George Floyd's toxicology report was found on a Black History display at Duke University, insinuating that he deserved to die," 25 Mar. 2021 For now, that proof takes the form of a printout of a test result, or a photo of that result — creating opportunities for misunderstandings or potential fraud. NBC News, "The next frontier in air travel: Digital passports as proof of vaccination or testing," 18 Mar. 2021 Wisely Symington suggests that those who don’t want to speak can use the chat function to write some words of condolence or share a story, so that after the event, the deceased’s family can see a printout or even put the stories in a memory book. Debby Waldman, Wired, "How to Pay Your Respects During a Virtual Funeral," 17 Mar. 2021

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circa 1884, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of printout

: a copy of a document produced by a printer


print·​out | \ ˈprint-ˌau̇t How to pronounce printout (audio) \

Kids Definition of printout

: a printed copy produced by a computer

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