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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There’s no evidence that the two artists ever met, but Ugo would have been nothing without Da Vinci — just another minor aristocrat’s kid, buying and selling rural real estate in the Po Valley before opening a printer’s shop in the big city. Christopher Knight,, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 The designs are intended to show off the printer’s versatility, including the ability to create unusual shapes that are hard to make with conventional construction methods, van Gurp said. NBC News, "Dutch city's 3D-printed homes could help upend the construction industry," 2 July 2018 Last year, Schneider and Erdman donated 445 printer’s proofs to Harvard, along with related archival and technical material. Mark Feeney,, "At Harvard, seeing the importance of the print in photography," 24 May 2018 In the visitor center, Benjamin Vananda unlocks the monitor cabinet to check the printer paper. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "North Korean nukes tracked from Tennessee tourist caverns," 13 Apr. 2018 Also known as a jelly roll pan, these pans are a touch bigger than a standard sheet of printer paper. Southern Living, "This Forgotten Kitchen Tool Is Even Better Than Your Go-To Sheet Pan," 8 Mar. 2018 John Richardson Boyd, a printer’s son, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 5, 1925. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "John Boyd, milliner who helped make Princess Diana a fashion icon, dies at 92," 6 Mar. 2018 Fifteen hundred sheets of regular printer paper may seem like a cinch in comparison to crushing a bowling ball or an anvil, but paper is deceptively hardy. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Hydraulic Press is Nearly Defeated By 1,500 Sheets of Paper," 28 July 2017 Other publishers said that a handful of titles were being delayed because of the backlog at the printers. Constance Grady, Vox, "On January 1, dozens of literary classics will enter the public domain," 29 Dec. 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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