printing press

noun

Definition of printing press

: a machine that produces printed copies

Examples of printing press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Little-to-no libel laws and, in 1814, the arrival of the mass-producing, industrial printing press. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Bridgerton: The Real-Life Lady Whistledowns of Regency-Era England," 25 Dec. 2020 Before the company switched to screenprinting, the washboards would head to the antique printing press. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Only One Factory in North America Still Makes Washboards, and They Are Flying Off of Shelves," 11 Nov. 2020 One of the things that helped U.S. markets get through COVID is that the United States has a global reserve currency and a printing press. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How to play the 2021 recovery, according to investing experts," 20 Nov. 2020 The lines and metal engravings had to be locked together in a secure rectangle to make a proper page on the printing press, and to do this printers used wooden wedges of varying shapes. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Roadside signs heading into Gotha remind drivers of German colony in the pines," 15 Nov. 2020 Whereas the printing press was the platform that gave birth to a society of readers, the Internet fashioned everyone as a publisher. Joan Donovan, Scientific American, "Trolling for Truth on Social Media," 12 Oct. 2020 Sculptures of Jews and pigs started appearing in architecture in the 1300s, and the printing press carried on the motif in everything from books to playing cards well into the modern period. Jasper Bastian, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hatred in Plain Sight," 21 Sep. 2020 The rise of the printing press in the mid-15th century furthered the cause of alphabetization by sparking an unprecedented explosion in the dissemination of information. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Alphabet Got Its Order, Malcolm X and Other New Books to Read," 9 Oct. 2020 State and local governments, none of which have their own money-printing press or central bank, must balance their needs with their limited resources and might be tempted to abdicate their responsibilities for quick cash. Derek Cohen, National Review, "The Biden-Harris Antipathy toward Guns Portends Trouble for Law Enforcement," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of printing press

1578, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2020

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“Printing press.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/printing%20press. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for printing press

printing press

noun

English Language Learners Definition of printing press

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

printing press

noun

Kids Definition of printing press

: a machine that makes copies of text and images

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