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

Office Date Brooks accompanies someone to an office party where someone else snorts printer toner. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 2019 Supporters have pulled off some seriously major stunts, including taking out a Times Square billboard and reportedly hacking into 50,000 printers around the world in the name of promoting the meme. Aja Romano, Vox, "PewDiePie resides at the center of what seems to be a growing divide between YouTube subcultures," 14 Dec. 2018 Archivists believe that a professor Thomas Purdie purchased the chart from its German printers in 1885 for three marks and received it in 1888. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 The publication of the Encyclopédie involved a long scuffle between editors, printers, the Jesuits, the state, the official censor, King Louis XV’s mistress and the contributors, who were often at variance among themselves. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Hobbyists and members of the maker movement use desktop 3D printers, typically costing a few thousand dollars, to print plastic parts from digital designs. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Stephan Plannck, a 15th Century printer, made copies of the missive shortly after the explorer penned it in 1493 to share news of Columbus’ travels with the rest of Europe, authorities said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "ICE tracks down 500-year-old stolen Columbus letter, sends it back to Spain," 7 June 2018 In May 2014, as the fourth issue of the magazine was headed for the printer, Broussard was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Meet Virginians who would be helped by a Medicaid expansion," 21 May 2018 In the weeks leading up to the competition, Durr spent countless hours using the UW’s 3D printers to make component parts. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW students and their attack robots hit bumps in China — then a hotel hair dryer saved the day," 17 Aug. 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 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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