print·ing | \ˈprin-tiŋ \

Definition of printing 

1 : the act or product of one that prints

2 : reproduction in printed form

3 : the art, practice, or business of a printer

5 printings plural : paper to be printed on

Examples of printing in a Sentence

The book is already in its second printing, and a third printing is scheduled for later this year. The book has had two printings of 100,000 copies each. Her printing is very neat.
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Now, airmen at Travis Air Force base in California are using 3D printing to print up new replacement handles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force is 3D Printing Coffee Cup Handles to Save Money," 10 July 2018 Paddock owns its commercial printing plant and buys paper directly from a Canadian supplier. Jackie Spinner,, "Trump's trade war threatens the U.S. newspaper industry: 'This is insane'," 25 June 2018 Digital First Media is closing the moldy Pottstown Mercury building at King and North Hanover Streets, telling employees to work from home or a printing plant about 45 minutes away in Chester County. Bob Fernandez,, "Digital First Media closes mold-ridden Pottstown Mercury building," 4 June 2018 It was invented in 1902 to control humidity in a printing plant. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018 Even after our owners forced us to move out of downtown Denver after 125 years and into our windowless printing plant, there are more than a dozen empty desks in the newsroom. John Wenzel, The Atlantic, "The Gutting of The Denver Post is a Death Knell for Local News," 11 May 2018 However, according to an FBI confidential informant, the black man was actually Robert Elliot, from Washington, D.C., whom Edwards knew from his previous job at a printing plant. Kevin Leonard, Howard County Times, "Self-promoting klansman is finally undone," 10 May 2018 Send a photo, layout, or drawing, and the builders will reconstruct your home using 3D printing and traditional sculpting. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "People are paying thousands for miniature replicas of their homes," 2 Apr. 2018 The prop team even built era-appropriate radiators for the scenes in Boston, *and* created a working printing press for the famous Print Shop—which is the same set that was used for the apothecary. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "On Set with 'Outlander': Go Behind the Scenes of the Show's Sexiest Season Yet," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of printing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of printing

: the process of producing books, magazines, etc. by using machinery

: the act or process of printing a set number of copies of a book at one time

: handwriting that uses separate letters that do not join together


print·ing | \ˈprin-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of printing

1 : the art, practice, or business of making copies of text and images

2 : writing that uses separate letters

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