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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The rocket engine consists of two central components, a metal injector head, manufactured by means of metal 3D printing, and a ceramic combustion chamber. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained," 30 Nov. 2018 Mann loves the mistakes, warts, and chanciness of collodion printing. Cate Mcquaid,, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 An author may have more ownership of their book or participate in the expense of the printing or owning inventory. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Behind the Book Deal," 29 June 2011 The San Diego Union-Tribune said other newspapers printed at the Olympic printing plant in Los Angeles were also affected, including editions of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Malware Attack Hits Production of Several Major U.S. Newspapers," 30 Dec. 2018 Per Business of Fashion, who placed De Vos and Pilotto on their BOF 500, the brand first came on the scene in 2007, focusing on digital printing and color play. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 The initial idea was to put the dozens of vendors in an old Chronicle printing plant on Marin Street in the Bayview. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Flower Mart’s temporary move to SF’s waterfront a budding controversy," 19 Mar. 2018 At stake: What to do with 22 acres of open space on the west riverfront where an old Free Press printing plant once stood. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit, come get a look at the potential future of the west riverfront," 8 Feb. 2018 Murdoch is the second son of Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul best known for the sleazy tabloid empire that in the US includes Fox News and in the UK included printing actual uncensored tits in its papers until 2015. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "If James Murdoch is the new Tesla chairman, that’s bad news for Elon Musk," 12 Oct. 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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