Origin of printer
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of print
Examples from the Web for printer
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of printer
“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.
- in printed or published form
- (of a book, etc) offered for sale by the publisher
- 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
Word Origin for print
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with print
- print out
- go out (of print)
- in print
- small print