printing

[ prin-ting ]
/ ˈprɪn tɪŋ /

noun

the art, process, or business of producing books, newspapers, etc., by impression from movable types, plates, etc.
the act of a person or thing that prints.
words, symbols, etc., in printed form.
printed material.
the total number of copies of a book or other publication printed at one time: The book had a first printing of 10,000.
writing in which the letters resemble printed ones.

Origin of printing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at print, -ing1

Related forms

non·print·ing, adjective

Definition for printing (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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

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

printing

/ (ˈprɪntɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the process, business, or art of producing printed matter
  2. (as modifier)printing ink
printed text
Also called: impression all the copies of a book or other publication printed at one time
a form of writing in which letters resemble printed letters

British Dictionary definitions for printing (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 printing

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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