printing

noun
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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Straying husbands and wives have, of course, been great subjects since long before the printing press was invented. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019 In fact, Burns says the first printing of the 700-page book was deliberately small because paper was rationed at the time, so reprints were ordered in response to the demand. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How Real History Shaped The Fountainhead and Kept Ayn Rand's Fans Coming Back," 7 May 2018 According to the Washington Post, the former FLOTUS’s memoir is now in its sixth printing, bringing its print copies up to a whopping 3.4 million in North America. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Michelle Obama's Memoir "Becoming" Is Already the Best-Selling Hardcover Book of 2018," 1 Dec. 2018 Below the printing area, two neat pop-out drawers hold spools of printing plastic. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 Iris Rijskamp, courtesy Design Academy Eindhoven 3D printing is often heralded as a more efficient and less wasteful type of fabrication. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 These are generally tiny, out of the way spots where some eccentric insists on designing his own national flag and printing postage stamps, though no government on Earth recognizes his sovereignty. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Part of the U.S. Was a Micronation for 85 Years," 2 July 2018 More than 118,000 people showed up at polling places and found that their names were not on the list due to a printing error. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Gavin Newsom heads toward general election in California governor's race," 5 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of printing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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printing

noun

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

printing

noun
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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