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line printer

noun, Computers.
a printer that produces an entire line of output at a time.
Origin of line printer
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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line printer

an electromechanical device that prints a line of characters at a time rather than a character at a time, at speeds from about 200 to 3000 lines per minute: used in printing and in computer systems
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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line printer in Technology

A printer that prints one entire line at a time. Print quality is low compared with a laser printer. Line printers typically use sprocket feed and wide fanfold paper.
Line printer speed is usually measured in lines per minute (lpm). 1200 lpm is a good rate for a line printer like a 3205 m5. 66 lines per page is typical, giving 18 pages per minute (ppm). This assumes all upper case, if a mixed case print train is used, throughput is halved. By comparison, a fast laser printer can output 100+ ppm

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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