printing press


Definition of printing press

: a machine that produces printed copies

Examples of printing press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His shop is a direct descendant of the game-changing technology that Johannes Gutenberg invented to create the printing press., "With Linotype print, the old is new again - The Boston Globe," 11 Nov. 2019 Theatre and books let people to step into the shoes of others, and with the printing press these stories spread widely. The Economist, "Does your brain care about other people? It depends," 4 Nov. 2019 His book became a best seller, spreading throughout the Italian Peninsula in a matter of months—a remarkable feat in an age before Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press around 1439. National Geographic, "Marco Polo's odyssey spawned one of the world's first best sellers," 10 Sep. 2019 The new paper will be printed in Louisiana at The Advocate’s state of the art printing press. Staff, cleveland, "Owners of The New Orleans Advocate buy | The Times-Picayune," 2 May 2019 As Luther’s claims about the inefficacy of indulgences spread, with help from the new Gutenberg printing press, so did the idea of the solas, which formed the basis of the Reformation. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 5 Aug. 2019 The second major communications revolution was the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in about 1400 CE. Mike Martin, Time, "How the Long History of Human Violence Explains Why the Internet Causes So Much Chaos," 11 Sep. 2019 There was even a printing press, with which the twelve hundred colonists aboard planned to manage a future busy with contracts and treaties. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "How Mosquitoes Changed Everything," 5 Aug. 2018 Ventimiglia is close with his own father, Peter, a businessman who once sold equipment to printing presses; The Times was one of his dad’s clients. Los Angeles Times, "Is ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Milo Ventimiglia’s George Clooney moment?," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of printing press

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of printing press was in 1578

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19 Nov 2019

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“Printing press.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of printing press

: a machine that prints books, magazines, newspapers, etc., usually in large numbers

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Kids Definition of printing press

: a machine that makes copies of text and images

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