What does print mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. printnoun

    the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication

    "I want to see it in print"

  2. printnoun

    a picture or design printed from an engraving

  3. mark, printnoun

    a visible indication made on a surface

    "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere"

  4. printnoun

    availability in printed form

    "we've got to get that story into print"; "his book is no longer in print"

  5. printnoun

    a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version of it)

  6. printnoun

    a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by engraved rollers)

  7. photographic print, printverb

    a printed picture produced from a photographic negative

  8. print, publishverb

    put into print

    "The newspaper published the news of the royal couple's divorce"; "These news should not be printed"

  9. printverb

    write as if with print; not cursive

  10. printverb

    make into a print

    "print the negative"

  11. print, impressverb

    reproduce by printing


  1. printnoun

    Books and other material created by printing presses, considered collectively or as a medium.

  2. printnoun

    Clear handwriting, especially, writing without connected letters as in cursive.

    Write in print using block letters.

  3. printnoun

    The letters forming the text of a document.

    The print is too small for me to read.

  4. printnoun

    A visible impression on a surface.

    Using a crayon, the girl made a print of the leaf under the page.

  5. printnoun

    A fingerprint.

    Did the police find any prints at the scene?

  6. printnoun

    A footprint.

  7. printnoun

    A picture that was created in multiple copies by printing.

  8. printnoun

    A photograph that has been printed onto paper from the negative.

  9. printnoun

    A copy of a film that can be projected.

  10. printverb

    To copy something onto a surface, especially by machine.

  11. printverb

    To write very clearly, especially, to write without connecting the letters as in cursive.

  12. printverb

    To publish in a book, newspaper, etc.

    How could they print an unfounded rumour like that?

  13. printnoun

    Cloth that has had a pattern of dye printed onto it.

  14. printadjective

    Of, relating to, or writing for printed publications.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Printnoun

    Etymology: empreinte, Fr.

    Some more time
    Must wear the print of his remembrance out. William Shakespeare.

    Abhorred slave,
    Which any print of goodness wilt not take,
    Being capable of all ill! William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Attend the foot,
    That leaves the print of blood where’er it walks. William Shakespeare.

    Up they tost the sand,
    No wheel seen, nor wheels print was in the mould imprest
    Behind them. George Chapman, Iliads.

    Our life so fast away doth slide,
    As doth an hungry eagle through the wind;
    Or as a ship transported with the tide,
    Which in their passage leave no print behind. Davies.

    My life is but a wind,
    Which passeth by, and leaves no print behind. George Sandys.

    O’er the smooth enamell’d green,
    Where no print of step hath been. John Milton.

    While the heav’n, by the sun’s team untrod,
    Hath took no print of the approaching light,
    And all the spangled host keep watch. John Milton.

    Before the lion’s den appeared the footsteps of many that had gone in, but no prints of any that ever came out. South.

    Winds bear me to some barren island,
    Where print of human feet was never seen. Dryden.

    From hence Astrea took her flight, and here
    The prints of her departing steps appear. Dryden.

    If they be not sometimes renewed by repeated exercise of the senses or reflection, the print wears out. John Locke.

    From my breast I cannot tear
    The passion, which from thence did grow;
    Nor yet out of my fancy rase
    The print of that supposed face. Edmund Waller.

    The prints, which we see of antiquities, may contribute to form our genius, and to give us great ideas. Dryden.

    Words standing for things, should be expressed by little draughts and prints made of them. John Locke.

    To refresh the former hint;
    She read her maker in a fairer print. Dryden.

    I love a ballad in print, or a life. William Shakespeare.

    It is so rare to see
    Ought that belongs to young nobility
    In print, that we must praise. John Suckling.

    His natural antipathy to a man, who endeavours to signalize his parts in the world, has hindered many persons from making their appearance in print. Addison.

    I published some tables, which were out of print. Arbuth.

    The rights of the christian church are scornfully trampled on in print. Francis Atterbury.

    The prints, about three days after, were filled with the same terms. Addison.

    The publick had said before, that they were dull; and they were at great pains to purchase room in the prints, to testify under their hands the truth of it. Alexander Pope.

    Inform us, will the emperor treat,
    Or do the prints and papers lie? Alexander Pope.

    Lay his head sometimes higher, sometimes lower, that he may not feel every little change, who is not designed to have his maid lay all things in print, and tuck him in warm. John Locke.

  2. To PRINTverb

    Etymology: imprimer, empreint, Fr.

    On his fiery steed betimes he rode,
    That scarcely prints the turf on which he trod. Dryden.

    Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince,
    For she did print your royal father off,
    Conceiving you. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you. Lev. ix. 28.

    Perhaps some footsteps printed in the clay,
    Will to my love direct your wand’ring way. Wentworth Dillon.

    His royal bounty brought its own reward;
    And in their minds so deep did print the sense,
    That if their ruins sadly they regard,
    ’Tis but with fear. Dryden.

    Thou hast caused printing to be used; and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, built a paper-mill. William Shakespeare.

    This nonsense got in by a mistake of the stage editors, who printed from the piecemeal written parts. Alexander Pope.

    Is it probable, that a promiscuous jumble of printing letter should often fall into a method, which should stamp on paper a coherent discourse. John Locke.

    As soon as he begins to spell, pictures of animals should be got him, with the printed names to them. John Locke.

  3. To Printverb

    To publish a book.

    From the moment he prints, he must expect to hear no more truth. Alexander Pope.


  1. print

    Print generally refers to the action of reproducing text and images, typically onto paper, through a printing press or a digital printer. It can also refer to the content that is produced by such a process, such as a printed book, magazine, photograph, or poster. In terms of programming, print is also a command used in many programming languages to output text or data to a display screen or other output device.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Printverb

    to fix or impress, as a stamp, mark, character, idea, etc., into or upon something

  2. Printverb

    to stamp something in or upon; to make an impression or mark upon by pressure, or as by pressure

  3. Printverb

    to strike off an impression or impressions of, from type, or from stereotype, electrotype, or engraved plates, or the like; in a wider sense, to do the typesetting, presswork, etc., of (a book or other publication); as, to print books, newspapers, pictures; to print an edition of a book

  4. Printverb

    to stamp or impress with colored figures or patterns; as, to print calico

  5. Printverb

    to take (a copy, a positive picture, etc.), from a negative, a transparent drawing, or the like, by the action of light upon a sensitized surface

  6. Printverb

    to use or practice the art of typography; to take impressions of letters, figures, or electrotypes, engraved plates, or the like

  7. Printverb

    to publish a book or an article

  8. Printnoun

    a mark made by impression; a line, character, figure, or indentation, made by the pressure of one thing on another; as, the print of teeth or nails in flesh; the print of the foot in sand or snow

  9. Printnoun

    a stamp or die for molding or impressing an ornamental design upon an object; as, a butter print

  10. Printnoun

    that which receives an impression, as from a stamp or mold; as, a print of butter

  11. Printnoun

    printed letters; the impression taken from type, as to excellence, form, size, etc.; as, small print; large print; this line is in print

  12. Printnoun

    that which is produced by printing

  13. Printnoun

    an impression taken from anything, as from an engraved plate

  14. Printnoun

    a printed publication, more especially a newspaper or other periodical

  15. Printnoun

    a printed cloth; a fabric figured by stamping, especially calico or cotton cloth

  16. Printnoun

    a photographic copy, or positive picture, on prepared paper, as from a negative, or from a drawing on transparent paper

  17. Printnoun

    a core print. See under Core

  18. Etymology: [See Print, v., Imprint, n.]


  1. Print

    The publication, Print, A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts, was a limited edition quarterly periodical begun in 1940 and continued under different names up to the present day as Print, a bimonthly American magazine about visual culture and design. In its current format, Print documents and critiques commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Print is a general-interest magazine, written by cultural reporters and critics who look at design in its social, political, and historical contexts. From newspapers and book covers to Web-based motion graphics, from corporate branding to indie-rock posters, from exhibitions to cars to monuments, Print shows its audience of designers, art directors, illustrators, photographers, educators, students, and enthusiasts of popular culture why our world looks the way it looks, and why the way it looks matters. Print underwent a complete redesign in 2005.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Print

    print, v.t. to press or impress: to mark by pressure: to impress letters on paper, &c.: to publish: (phot.) to produce a positive picture from a negative.—v.i. to practise the art of printing: to publish a book.—n. a mark or character made by impression: the impression of types in general: a copy: a printed picture: an engraving: a newspaper: a printed cloth: calico stamped with figures: that which impresses its form on anything: a cut, in wood or metal: (archit.) a plaster-cast in low relief.—ns. Print′er, one who prints, esp. books, newspapers, &c.; Print′ing, act, art, or practice of printing; Print′ing-ink, ink used in printing; Print′ing-machine′, a printing-press worked by machinery; Print′ing-off′ice, an establishment where books, &c., are printed; Print′ing-pā′per, a paper suitable for printing purposes; Print′ing-press, a machine by which impressions are taken in ink upon paper from types.—adj. Print′less, receiving or leaving no impression.—ns. Print′-sell′er, one who sells prints or engravings; Print′-shop, a shop where prints are sold; Print′-works, an establishment where cloth is printed.—Printer's devil (see Devil); Printer's ink (same as Printing-ink); Printer's mark, an engraved device used by printers as a trade-mark.—In print, published in printed form: in stock, as opposed to books which cannot now be got—Out of print. [Shortened from O. Fr. empreindre, empreint—L. imprimĕrein, into, premĕre, to press.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. print

    To output, even if to a screen. If a hacker says that a program “printed a message”, he means this; if he refers to printing a file, he probably means it in the conventional sense of writing to a hardcopy device (compounds like ‘print job’ and ‘printout’, on the other hand, always refer to the latter). This very common term is likely a holdover from the days when printing terminals were the norm, perpetuated by programming language constructs like C's printf(3). See senses 1 and 2 of tty.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'print' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4442

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'print' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3474

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'print' in Nouns Frequency: #1295

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'print' in Verbs Frequency: #519

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of print in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of print in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of print in a Sentence

  1. Teri Hatcher:

    They said they were going to run this story about me being broke, and I think they even used the word suicidal and homeless and whatever, and my lawyer and my publicist said, ‘Categorically not true, you can’t print that, she’s doing a YouTube show, that’s her van, she has many homes in many states all over the country. There’s nothing about this that’s true.’.

  2. Arthur Hays Sulzberger:

    Freedom of the press, or, to be more precise, the benefit of freedom of the press, belongs to everyone – to the citizen as well as the publisher… The crux is not the publisher’s ‘freedom to print’; it is, rather, the citizen’s ‘right to know.

  3. Anthony Atala:

    The printing gives you scalability, because you can scale a technology up instead of making them by hand, it gives you reproducibility, because you can print them in the same manner every time, and it gives you precision, because it can precisely place the cells where you need them, it will eventually decrease the cost of the production of these technologies, because you're automating the process.

  4. Daniel Ives:

    This was an ugly print and speaks to the headwinds Oracle is seeing in the field as their legacy database business is seeing slowing growth, while cloud has seen pockets of strength, overall the excuses we see out of Oracle have continued to frustrate Wall Street.

  5. Australia Arthur Culvahouse:

    I would use stronger language - I would use payday loan diplomacy, the money looks attractive and easy upfront, but you better read the fine print.

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