print·​er | \ˈprin-tər \

Definition of printer 

: one that prints: such as

a : a person engaged in printing

b : a device used for printing especially : a machine for printing from photographic negatives

c : a device (such as an inkjet printer) that produces printouts

Examples of printer in a Sentence

I need a new printer for my office. Benjamin Franklin was originally a printer. The manuscript was sent to the printer yesterday.
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Throughout his career, Dutch designer Joris Laarman has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a 3D printer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This 3D-printed steel bridge will be installed over an Amsterdam canal," 23 Oct. 2018 After a major website's shutdown, 3D printed gun blueprints face another hurdle: Facebook is blocking sites that host digital blueprints to make guns on 3D printers from using their social media platform, according to Buzzfeed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Bans Sites With 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints," 10 Aug. 2018 Then, a federal judge blocks a Texas activist from putting blueprints online to make plastic guns on 3D printers. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 Domestic or foreign, the printers are losing the race against inflation. The Economist, "Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce," 12 July 2018 Evan Weinstein was building whimsical chocolate candies — with a 3D printer. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Philly's first Maker Faire: a summer carnival of innovation," 24 June 2018 Full sets of curricula had yet to arrive, the sole printer didn't work and at least one classroom was still marked by graffiti. Alden Woods, azcentral, "A year after parents sue over Havasupai school, little has changed for Grand Canyon tribe," 24 May 2018 The printers used are capable of creating very strong, accurate parts. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls students get community help for their engineering projects," 8 May 2018 The grant money will provide a new 3D printer at the Oconomowoc High School East Campus Art and Design Center. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine A Day Foundation announces grants for Oconomowoc area schools," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of printer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of printer

: a machine that is used for printing documents, photographs, etc.

: a person or company whose business is printing books, magazines, etc.


print·​er | \ˈprin-tər \

Kids Definition of printer

1 : a person or company whose business is making copies of text and images

2 : a machine that produces text and images on paper

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