print·​head | \ˈprint-ˌhed \

Definition of printhead 

: a usually movable part of a computer printer that contains the printing elements

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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, "Open Source, Powder-Based 3-D Printer Has Full-Color Potential," 25 Jan. 2013

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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