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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Harris traces its roots to the 1890s, when the brothers Charles and Alfred Harris began making printing presses in Niles, Ohio. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "CEO Phillip Farmer Revitalized Harris Corp. by Shrinking It Drastically," 9 Nov. 2018 You'll be excused for your own intellectual curiosity in looking at the buildings where many of France's first printing presses were located, a claim to fame for the street. Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018 Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing or advertising of the offer, administration or execution of the Sweepstakes or in the announcements of the prize/prize winner. Hartford Courant,, "Official Sweepstakes Rules," 5 July 2018 NOWlab, the innovation branch of the 3D printing company BigRep, designed a slab of concrete that reacts to human touch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Smart concrete wall reacts to human touch," 2 July 2018 In 2014-15, the program shifted to a wholly online system, saving the agency more than $100,000 in printing and postal costs and making the system much more efficient. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lottery-like public program offers expanded Texas hunting opportunities," 30 June 2018 The exhibit highlights surface design quilt techniques; hand dyeing, painting, digital printing and embellishment, using hand and machine work in a wide range of representational and abstract pieces. Linda Mcintosh,, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 The printing company would do everything else, from selling advertising and designing the programs to printing them. David Lyman,, "The future is now: In the theater, your phone is your program," 14 June 2018 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

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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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