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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Bringing back memories: Most Brunswick area folks remember longtime school band director, Al Sego, as well as his son Mickey and daughter-in-law Arlene whose printing business was located in Brunswick. Sam Boyer,, "Gardening has proved to be a challenge so far this year: Whit & Whimsey," 14 June 2019 Beyond running his printing business, Avery has served for four years as the program coordinator of First Tee, a youth development program that teaches nine core values through the game of golf and fun activities. Helen Williams,, "Gretna Economic association helps promote locally owned businesses in city," 5 June 2019 Hunt’s Photo & Video, a digital imaging equipment retailer based in Melrose with locations throughout New England, recently acquired Dorian Color, a digital photographic printing business that operated for more than 40 years in Arlington. Julia Preszler,, "An award for Methuen police, UMass Lowell graduation, and call for grant applications," 27 May 2018 Wayne Nish had been in the printing business, Pat Williams a professional dancer. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 The issue now is a deadline, originally set by the administration, for the printing of the census forms. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 Second printing on the way… thanks for supporting The Sixth Man Nor did Iguodala believe that the Warriors training staff pressured him or misled him about his own injury during the 2018 NBA playoffs. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Andre Iguodala defends Warriors training staff on how they managed himself & Kevin Durant," 26 June 2019 The text was finally denounced to the Central Committee by a competing writer, and printing was halted. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 At the turn of the 20th century, humidity threatened the reputation of Brooklyn’s Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographic and Publishing Company’s high-quality color printing. Haleema Shah, Smithsonian, "The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner," 24 June 2019

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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 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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