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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Copiers and printers face long-term decline as mobile devices eat into the need for paper copies. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Fujifilm Would Consider Giving Up on Xerox Deal, CEO Says," 7 June 2018 In this way, a printer can make a complex object like a door hinge or a gear. Hiawatha Bray,, "3D printing companies clash in federal court," 13 July 2018 Is there a convenient printing center or does the student need a printer? Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack," 10 July 2018 The University of Toronto researchers developed a printer the size of a shoe box, weighing less than one kilogram (2.2 pounds). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims," 30 May 2018 Her father, a printer for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died in the influenza pandemic of 1919. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, defense lawyer and civil rights warrior, dies at 104," 21 May 2018 The charge he was convicted of Tuesday stemmed from images left on a printer at a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library in the 9200 block of Blue Ridge Blvd. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Sex cartoons of children left on KC library printer leads to man's conviction | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 Dylan Adams, 35, of Randleman, was arrested this month after Asheboro police seized thousands of counterfeit coupons, USPS mailing materials, computers and a printer from his home, according to the Coupon Information Center. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "He used $5,000 in fake coupons at an NC grocery store, but now he may pay big time | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 Then there are the invitations, made by a British printer but with ink from across the pond. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Americanness Is Officially Rubbing Off on Prince Harry," 18 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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