printing press


Definition of printing press

: a machine that produces printed copies

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The monastery saw the return of Jewish life through prayer services, the observance of holidays and the printing of the first Talmud using the monastery’s printing press. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 The printmaking industry found its heart in Chicago’s near South Side in the early 19th century after the invention of the printing press made books, magazines and newspapers popular commodities. Morgan Smith,, "Spudnik Press Cooperative hosts first annual Chicago Print Crawl this Sunday," 22 June 2018 Or, communication: from the printing press to fax machines to smartphones. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos goes to Switzerland and bashes U.S. public schools," 7 June 2018 As the scholar Rebecca Knuth explained to last year, the path to that moment in 1933 in some ways starts with the printing press and the subsequent spread of mass media. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Real History Behind Book Burning and Fahrenheit 451," 18 May 2018 The visual star of the show was a Goss printing press painted a vibrant yellow. Blair Kamin,, "Former newspaper building in Indiana, a modernist icon shaped in Chicago, will house architecture school," 4 May 2018 This theory holds that the printing press itself facilitated the intellectual culture that used it. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Did Math Kill God?," 27 Apr. 2018 To save money, the printing press in San Diego was shut down — more than 100 jobs were eliminated — and the paper printed every night in Los Angeles. Roger Showley,, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 Since then, Bak and company have retrieved Sam Galloway’s other printing press and plan to restore it. David Ibata, ajc, "Mystery of the Acworth printing press," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of printing press

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

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: a machine that makes copies of text and images

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