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 Hewlett Packard Enterprise would be focused on selling corporate data center technology while HP Inc. would sell printers and PCs. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "HP Inc.’s Printing Woes Were Years in the Making. Then Xerox Swooped In," 13 Nov. 2019 Invented in 1886, the Linotype represented a quantum leap for printers by allowing them to create long lines of type — cast directly by the machine from hot metal — instead of setting individual characters by hand., "With Linotype print, the old is new again - The Boston Globe," 11 Nov. 2019 The village of Buffalo Grove is resending water bills to around 500 residents due to a printer error, according to village officials. Anna Kim,, "Buffalo Grove resends hundreds of water bills due to printer error," 8 Nov. 2019 Ink sales had long been HP's profit generator: HP would take losses on its printer sales, generating the bulk of its income from ink. David Goldman, CNN, "Xerox is said to consider buying HP," 6 Nov. 2019 Bringing along a Polaroid camera on vacation can be cumbersome, but with this new printer I just hook up my iPhone, choose my favorite photos, and print them in seconds onto classic Polaroid sheets. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Travel Gifts Our Editors Want This Year," 1 Nov. 2019 This quiet all-in-one printer with fax works well with those who are looking to print wirelessly from their computers or smart devices. CNN Underscored, "Black Friday 2019 sales are kicking off: Save on tech, gaming, home and more," 25 Oct. 2019 The company is refining prototypes and expects to begin to sell printers in 18 months. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Fast new 3D printing method creates objects as big as an adult human," 17 Oct. 2019 Currently, printers are sold cheaply and the unit’s operating profit margin is padded by the ink supplies. Los Angeles Times, "HP announces restructuring and job cuts, and its stock drops," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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“Printer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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