[ prin-ting ]
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  1. the art, process, or business of producing books, newspapers, etc., by impression from movable types, plates, etc.

  2. the act of a person or thing that prints.

  1. words, symbols, etc., in printed form.

  2. printed material.

  3. the total number of copies of a book or other publication printed at one time: The book had a first printing of 10,000.

  4. writing in which the letters resemble printed ones.

Origin of printing

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

Other words from printing

  • non·print·ing, adjective

Words Nearby printing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use printing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for printing


/ (ˈprɪntɪŋ) /

    • the process, business, or art of producing printed matter

    • (as modifier): printing ink

  1. printed text

  1. Also called: impression all the copies of a book or other publication printed at one time

  2. a form of writing in which letters resemble printed letters

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