- a person or thing that prints, especially a person whose occupation is printing.
- Computers. an output device that produces a paper copy of alphanumeric or graphic data.
- an instrument that automatically records telegraphic messages by means of a printing mechanism activated by incoming signals.
- Movies. a photographic machine through which either the negative or positive of a master print can be run, together with unexposed film, to make a duplicate.
Origin of printer
- to produce (a text, picture, etc.) by applying inked types, plates, blocks, or the like, to paper or other material either by direct pressure or indirectly by offsetting an image onto an intermediate roller.
- to reproduce (a design or pattern) by engraving on a plate or block.
- to form a design or pattern upon, as by stamping with an engraved plate or block: to print calico.
- to cause (a manuscript, text, etc.) to be published in print.
- to write in letters like those commonly used in print: Print your name on these forms.
- Computers. to produce (data) in legible alphanumeric or graphic form.
- to indent or mark by pressing something into or upon (something).
- to produce or fix (an indentation, mark, etc.), as by pressure.
- to impress on the mind, memory, etc.
- to fingerprint.
- to apply (a thing) with pressure so as to leave an indentation, mark, etc.: The horses printed their hoofs on the wet grass.
- Photography. to produce a positive picture from (a negative) by the transmission of light.
- to take impressions from type, an engraved plate, etc., as in a press.
- to produce by means of a reproduction process: to print in color; to print unevenly.
- to make an image by means of ink, chemical action, etc., as type, engraved plates, etc.: This type is too worn to print cleanly.
- to write in characters such as are used in print: He'd rather print than use longhand.
- to follow the vocation of a printer.
- the state of being printed.
- printed lettering, especially with reference to character, style, or size: This print is too large for footnotes.
- printed material.
- a printed publication, as a newspaper or magazine.
- a picture, design, or the like, printed from an engraved or otherwise prepared block, plate, etc.
- an indentation, mark, etc., made by the pressure of one body or thing on another.
- something with which an impression is made; a stamp or die.
- a fingerprint.
- a design or pattern on cloth made by dyeing, weaving, or printing with engraved rollers, blocks of wood, stencils, etc.
- a cloth so treated.
- an article of apparel made of this cloth.
- something that has been subjected to impression, as a pat of butter.
- Photography. a picture, especially a positive made from a negative.
- any reproduced image, as a blueprint.
- Movies, Television. a positive copy of a completed film or filmed program ready for showing; release print.
- of, for, or comprising newspapers and magazines: print media.
- in print,
- in printed form; published.
- (of a book or the like) still available for purchase from the publisher.
- out of print, (of a book or the like) no longer available for purchase from the publisher.
Origin of print
Examples from the Web for printer
Another returned a printer box stuffed with a candy-filled piñata.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
The beauty of the 3-D printer was that users would continually figure out new ways to use it.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
The boxes are not arranged alphabetically, and a printer learns the case as one learns the typewriter keyboard.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Pills purporting to be Viagra filled with printer ink and rat poison.Museum of Fakes for a City of Fakes
June 25, 2014
Franklin was a printer, scientist, revolutionary, ambassador and all around know-it-all.The Struggles of Benjamin Franklin’s Sister Jane
November 21, 2013
“Fair and softly,” said the printer with something of a smile.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original.The Migrations of an American Boat Type
Howard I. Chapelle
"We have traced the printer who published them," said Angelelli.
From the printer's I went on to the Piazza Navona and found a wilderness of woe.
A suit came on the other day in which a printer named Kelvy was a witness.
- a person or business engaged in printing
- a machine or device that prints
- computing an output device for printing results on paper
- to reproduce (text, pictures, etc), esp in large numbers, by applying ink to paper or other material by one of various processes
- to produce or reproduce (a manuscript, a book, data, etc) in print, as for publication
- to write (letters, etc) in the style of printed matter
- to mark or indent (a surface) by pressing (something) onto it
- to produce a photographic print from (a negative)
- (tr) to implant or fix in the mind or memory
- (tr) to make (a mark or indentation) by applying pressure
- printed matter such as newsprint
- a printed publication such as a newspaper or book
- in print
- in printed or published form
- (of a book, etc) offered for sale by the publisher
- out of print no longer available from a publisher
- a design or picture printed from an engraved plate, wood block, or other medium
- printed text, esp with regard to the typeface usedsmall print
- a positive photographic image in colour or black and white produced, usually on paper, from a negative image on filmCompare slide (def. 13)
- a fabric with a printed design
- (as modifier)a print dress
- a mark or indentation made by pressing something onto a surface
- a stamp, die, etc, that makes such an impression
- the surface subjected to such an impression
- See fingerprint
Word Origin and History for printer
c.1500, "person who prints books, etc.," agent noun from print (v.). As a mechanical device from 1859, originally in telegraphy. In the computer sense, from 1946. Printer's bible (c.1702) so called from mistaken substitution of printers for princes in Psalm cxix:161, which led to the misreading:
Printers have persecuted me without a cause.
c.1300, "impression, mark" (as by a stamp or seal), from Old French preinte "impression," noun use of fem. past participle of preindre "to press, crush," altered from prembre, from Latin premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). The Old French word also was borrowed into Middle Dutch (prente, Dutch prent) and other Germanic languages.
Meaning "printed lettering" is from 1620s; print-hand "print-like handwriting" is from 1658. Sense of "picture or design from a block or plate" is first attested 1660s. Meaning "piece of printed cloth" is from 1756. In Middle English, stigmata were called precious prentes of crist; to perceiven the print of sight was "to feel (someone's) gaze." Out of print "no longer to be had from the publisher" is from 1670s (to be in print is recorded from late 15c.). Print journalism attested from 1962.
mid-14c., prenten "to make an impression" (as with a seal, stamp, etc.), from print (n.). Meaning "to set a mark on any surface" (including by writing) is attested from late 14c. Meaning "to run off on a press" is recorded from 1510s (Caxton, 1474, used enprynte in this sense). In reference to textiles, 1580s. The photography sense is recorded from 1851 (the noun in this sense is from 1853). Meaning "to write in imitation of typography" is from 1801.
He always prints, I know, 'cos he learnt writin' from the large bills in the bookin' offices. [Charles Dickens, "Pickwick Papers," 1837]
The meaning "to record (someone's) fingerprints" is from 1952. Related: Printed; printing.
Idioms and Phrases with printer
In addition to the idiom beginning with print
- print out
- go out (of print)
- in print
- small print