print·​ing | \ ˈprin-tiŋ How to pronounce printing (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web On April 12, four men stormed the paper’s printing plant, smashing presses and computers. New York Times, "Guilty Verdict for Hong Kong Journalist as Media Faces ‘Frontal Assault’," 22 Apr. 2021 On April 12, four men stormed the paper’s printing plant, smashing presses and computers., "Guilty verdict for Hong Kong journalist as media faces ‘frontal assault’," 22 Apr. 2021 In addition, the TV listings section has been missing from the Sunday edition because of a continuing production issue at the Indianapolis printing plant. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Printing production problems affect Sunday Courier Journal newspaper," 21 Mar. 2021 The witness drove the man to the guard shack of the nearby Los Angeles Times Olympic printing plant, at 2000 E. 8th St., where he was pronounced dead. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Tow truck driver shot to death in downtown L.A.," 16 Nov. 2020 Litho Type, a commercial printing plant operating in Lansing for more than 50 years, shut its doors at 16710 Chicago Ave. Bob Bong,, "Comings & Goings: Heavy equipment dealer coming to Mokena," 10 Nov. 2020 The neighborhood also is home to Plank’s Sagamore Spirit whiskey distillery and tavern and The Baltimore Sun, which has a long-term lease with the developer for its newsroom, business offices and printing plant. Hallie Miller,, "With Port Covington project in Baltimore stalled, potential tenants reaffirm commitment to ‘Cyber Town USA’," 6 Nov. 2020 The Dallas Morning News uses Wello kiosks at its printing plant in Plano. Dallas News, "Can thermal cameras slow COVID-19 spread? Airports are the testing ground for new tech," 11 Oct. 2020 His first job in Dubai was working the overnight shift at a newspaper printing plant, earning $136 a month in today’s dollars. Washington Post, "Migration, in reverse," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of printing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Printing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce printing (audio) \

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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