Origin of printing
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.
- in printed form; published.
- (of a book or the like) still available for purchase from the publisher.
Origin of print
Related Words for printingprint, distribution, copy, issuance, composition, typography, line, sheet, page, impression, issue, issuing, presswork
Examples from the Web for printing
Contemporary Examples of printing
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
Consumers are also gaining the ability to take the designs into their own hands as 3D printing becomes more accessible.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
For as much as Walter was a maniac, he was at the forefront of printing art.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
The entire process of preplanning and printing the hand, brackets, and cuffs takes just over a day.
With 3D printing you can continue to use the file and update.
Historical Examples of printing
There is little use in printing a story in a newspaper that will be laughed at, is there?Jennie Baxter, Journalist
This invention was the method of printing with movable types.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
There were no other developments of note in the practice of printing during the 18th century.Why Bewick Succeeded
First, however, he must go to London to buy a printing outfit.
There had been, it is true, some improvements over Franklin's printing press.
- the process, business, or art of producing printed matter
- (as modifier)printing ink
- 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
present participle adjective from print (v.). Printing press is from 1580s.
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