[ prin-ter ]
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  1. a person or thing that prints, especially a person whose occupation is printing.

  2. Computers. an output device that produces a paper copy of alphanumeric or graphic data.

  1. an instrument that automatically records telegraphic messages by means of a printing mechanism activated by incoming signals.

  2. 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

Words Nearby printer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use printer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for printer


/ (ˈprɪntə) /

  1. a person or business engaged in printing

  2. a machine or device that prints

  1. computing an output device for printing results on paper

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