printer

[ prin-ter ]
/ ˈprɪn tər /

noun

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

First recorded in 1495–1505; print + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM printer

print·er·like, adjective

Definition for printer (2 of 2)

Origin of print

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English prent(e), print(e), prient(e) < Old French priente impression, print, noun use of feminine past participle of preindre to press1 < Latin premere; (v.) Middle English prenten, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM print

un·print·ed, adjectivewell-print·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH print

prince prints
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British Dictionary definitions for printer (1 of 2)

printer
/ (ˈprɪntə) /

noun

a person or business engaged in printing
a machine or device that prints
computing an output device for printing results on paper

British Dictionary definitions for printer (2 of 2)

print
/ (prɪnt) /

verb

noun

See also print out

Word Origin for print

C13 priente, from Old French: something printed, from preindre to make an impression, from Latin premere to press
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Idioms and Phrases with printer

print

In addition to the idiom beginning with print

  • print out

also see:

  • go out (of print)
  • in print
  • small print
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