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.
Recent Examples on the Web Gaynor, who owns a commercial printing business and lives in Paradise Valley, showed a willingness to invest heavily in his effort for the state government's top job, loaning $5 million of his own money into his campaign. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 Brad Wheeler, who runs a printing business in Columbus, purchased a Google Home Mini device a couple of years ago. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 The whole family, including six children, was involved in their printing business. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2022 Before the players could depart for California, their football equipment was impounded in Phoenix because of a lawsuit filed by their former publicity manager for nonpayment of a $2,100 printing bill. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Founder Brittany Kozerski also made the decision to only offer solid-colored fabrics due to pattern printing requiring more water usage. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 For starters, currency depreciation caused by money printing is already driving people away from the US dollar, Euro, and other fiat currencies. Rufas Kamau, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 But this copy did survive – one of six remaining originals from that printing. CBS News, 24 Apr. 2022 Many of the graphic workers were printers and binders in the printing industry, and the newspaper workers printed copies of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of printing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2022

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“Printing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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