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 If the barrel doesn’t float, wrap sandpaper around a 7/8-inch dowel and work the channel until four thicknesses of printer paper easily slip between barrel and stock. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "How to Upgrade Your Ruger 10/22," 22 Feb. 2021 Those coins can cause the game to spout out prize-redemption tickets through an optional printer. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "You can now play an ultra-rare Quake arcade cabinet at home," 17 Aug. 2020 But the kind of materials people are able to utilize in their home printer likely aren’t going to meet the same standards as something that is professionally made. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing," 21 Dec. 2020 Eberle recalled his teammate building his own 3D printer and assembling computers for fun. Mike Rodak |, al, "The stories behind the grit, smarts Landon Dickerson brings to Alabama," 17 Dec. 2020 One executive, Timothy Walker, sent his resignation letter to every printer in the building in an effort to make clear how he, and other staff members, had been treated. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "The New Museum Is World Class, but Many Find It a Tough Place to Work," 5 Oct. 2020 Now Even if your setup is limited to a laptop, printer, and cloud backup account, the fact is, computers crash, apps freeze, and files go missing. Abby Schwartz, Wired, "How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home," 20 Jan. 2021 Agency representatives attributed the incident to a lapse in production caused by both the end of a contract with a printer and a hiring freeze within USCIS, The Washington Post reported. NBC News, "South Asian women immigrants, some on Covid front lines, left unable to work by Trump admin," 18 Dec. 2020 Then, that digital file is sent over to the printer, which sprays the ink, as directed, onto the hardwood floor tiles. Carly Olson, House Beautiful, "A Historic Charleston Home Inspired Mirth Studio's Handpainted Floor Tiles," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of printer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Printer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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