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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If there are ever houses on Mars, NASA suspects they, too, will be built by robots using 3D printing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Made of Giant Concrete Blocks, the World's Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Was Built in 18 Days," 28 Jan. 2019 Forget fancy houses and high-design benches—the next big use for 3D printing is far less glamorous and far more practical. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Marines 3D printed an entire concrete barrack in less than two days," 19 Sep. 2018 The learning and observation from the visits are complemented by a week-long group project to develop a 3D printing and awareness campaign that applies what students have learned into a practical context. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit," 13 July 2018 Project Milestone emerged as a collaboration between the Eindhoven University of Technology, a global leader in 3D printing, and Dutch construction company Van Wijnen. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homes," 7 June 2018 The lobby of 90 Morton St. which used to house a printing press. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Ultraluxury-Penthouse Sale Defies Slowing Manhattan Market," 4 Jan. 2019 The Eliza Jane near the French Quarter has taken over the space that once housed the printing presses for The Times-Picayune. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Latin American and Spanish publishers tend to have printing cycles that are too slow and small for the U.S. consumer market. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "Moms start companies to fill demand for Spanish-language children’s books," 4 Dec. 2018 Some of those problems — cost and quality — will be solved over time, as 3D printing technology inevitably becomes cheaper and better. German Lopez, Vox, "The battle to stop 3D-printed guns, explained," 1 Aug. 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 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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