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 In 1910, feeling artistically isolated in the Bay Area, Brigman travelled to New York City, with a plan to learn platinum printing and to visit with Alfred Stieglitz. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "A Forgotten Twentieth-Century Photographer’s Wild Portraits of Women in Nature," 11 May 2020 Print up to 10 color pages per minute, and do so wirelessly, plus save paper with two-sided printing. oregonlive, "Headphones, chairs, sleek desks among 16 home-office furniture, tech items to upgrade your work space during coronavirus isolation," 2 May 2020 The printing office for the Plumas National, which preceded Feather Publishing, in Quincy, Calif., pictured during a snowy winter in the late 1800s. Los Angeles Times, "In rural Northern California, pandemic crushes newspapers that delivered news and warmth during winter cold," 2 May 2020 Low rates and money printing spurred consumer-price inflation after World War II and during the 1970s. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "The Federal Reserve Is Changing What It Means to Be a Central Bank," 27 Apr. 2020 The team then reached out to the school community to see if others might have 3D printing capabilities at home. cleveland, "Lake Ridge Academy families makes 3D face shields for healthcare workers, businesses: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 25 Apr. 2020 Their original businesses, copying and printing, have been heading for the waste-paper bin. The Economist, "Schumpeter Activist investors have gone quiet during the pandemic," 18 Apr. 2020 The news may invite comparisons to bouts of hyperinflation (pdf), which have accompanied large budget deficits financed by money printing after wars or revolutions. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The British government is borrowing directly from the Bank of England," 9 Apr. 2020 Amber Leung is a master naturalist who uses a 3D printing machine to print educational tools for students. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Master naturalist uses 3D printer to make protective equipment for first responders," 7 Apr. 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 27 May. 2020.

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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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