printing press


: a machine that produces printed copies

Examples of printing press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Musical' | Credit: Matthew Murphy Bud and Doug eventually land on the story of Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press in 1440. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 13 Oct. 2023 Fast forward to 1440 when Johannes Guttenberg invented the printing press, which was followed by a series of panics, including a group of scribes who, in 1474, petitioned the Republic of Genoa (now Italy) to outlaw the invention. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 However, in its 1515 repudiation of the printing press the empire rejected math and science—forfeiting its claim as a leading center of culture. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2023 Take the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Steven Levy, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023 Then, the Fed flipped the switch on its printing presses. John Greenwood, National Review, 13 Dec. 2023 Imagine if the printing press had been kept secret and controlled by one company, or confined within one nation. Kai-Fu Lee, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023 After taking their portraits in one of four individual photo booths, visitors enter the interior of an oversized, whirring printing press where their portraits escape from the rollers and float to the ground. Erica Wertheim Zohar, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Johannes Gutenberg did not get rich from inventing the printing press, and neither did Tim Berners-Lee from creating the World Wide Web in 1989. David Leonhardt, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of printing press was in 1578

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“Printing press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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printing press

: a machine that produces printed copies

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