print·​head ˈprint-ˌhed How to pronounce printhead (audio)
: a usually movable part of a computer printer that contains the printing elements

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Inkjet printers use ink for maintenance, such as to moisten the printhead. The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2021 After the printhead passes, a roller bar drags a thin layer of powder across the surface and the process repeats a couple hundred, or thousand, times. Joseph Flaherty, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of printhead was in 1968

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“Printhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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