print·​er | \ ˈprin-tər How to pronounce printer (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Election Systems & Software, which manufactured the machine photographed inside of the bus, also identified the item as a printer, not a voting or tabulation machine. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: School bus in Arizona was full of office equipment, not voting machines," 10 Dec. 2020 Coleman cited the example of a parlor game in which people vie to double a sheet of ordinary printer paper as many times as possible. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: An exponential virus," 28 Nov. 2020 Micron Micron said the new 176-layer NAND is about as thick as one-fifth of a sheet of printer paper, and works out to be as thick its previous 64-layer NAND despite having more than twice as many layers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "SSDs are primed to get bigger and faster with Micron's new NAND memory tech," 9 Nov. 2020 Many employees may have additional needs, such as a printer, a smartphone, a desk phone, or other office-y type equipment. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Going all-in on remote work: The technical and cultural changes," 28 Aug. 2020 Polaroid Hi-Print Portable Printer Take this portable printer with you on road trips (responsibly) and (socially distant) gathering. NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Allbirds, Disney, Polaroid and more," 30 Nov. 2020 The mobile app can be a little fiddly, but the printer itself is simple to set up and use. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories," 29 Nov. 2020 The issue would be stranded at the printer in Lafayette., "Gambit at 40: a timeline of pivotal events in the paper's history," 7 Dec. 2020 These will be sent to the county government offices in Levittown and Quakertown, to join the one on-demand ballot printer now at the county administration building in Doylestown. Peg Quann, USA TODAY, "Bucks County Board of Elections seeks poll workers," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of printer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of printer was in the 15th century

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21 Jan 2021

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“Printer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce printer (audio) \

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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