print·​ing ˈprin-tiŋ How to pronounce printing (audio)
: the act or product of one that prints
: reproduction in printed form
: the art, practice, or business of a printer
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The two blocks to the east of the former printing plant has 20 parcels, with 12 owners, including local restaurants and bars. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Publication is planned for Oct. 1, 2024, with an announced first printing of 200,000 copies. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 The closure will impact approximately 90 employees involved with daily printing and packaging operations. Indianapolis Star Staff, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Two weeks ago, Alan Puccinelli, founder of Operation Shields Up, pivoted from his business selling accessories for 3D printing to using the machines to help fix the shortage of protective equipment plaguing local healthcare workers. Mitchel Bobo, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Specifically, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas the resort fee, now $45, provides services such as unlimited local and domestic phone calls, airline boarding pass printing, digital newspaper, fitness center access and in-room Wi-Fi. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 After printing, people can add their personal touch before either delivering or mailing the cards to local senior communities or someone with whom they are personally acquainted. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024 They are accused of shipping meth to be sold in Australia and New Zealand hidden in spools of 3D printing filament, utility cases, wine opener sets, drive shafts and other items, prosecutors said. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 The printing facility was not for sale and will continue operating in its current location, per the release. Maraya King, Twin Cities, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of printing was in the 14th century

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“Printing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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print·​ing ˈprint-iŋ How to pronounce printing (audio)
: the process of putting something in printed form
: the art or business of a printer
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