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ˈprɪn tɪŋprint·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. printingnoun

    text handwritten in the style of printed matter

  2. printingnoun

    the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution

  3. printing, printing processnoun

    reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication

  4. impression, printingnoun

    all the copies of a work printed at one time

    "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"


  1. printingnoun

    The process or business of producing printed material by means of inked type and a printing press or similar technology.

  2. printingnoun

    Material that has been printed.

  3. printingnoun

    All the copies of a publication that have been printed in one batch.

  4. printingnoun

    Written characters not joined-up.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Printing

    of Print

  2. Printingnoun

    the act, art, or practice of impressing letters, characters, or figures on paper, cloth, or other material; the business of a printer, including typesetting and presswork, with their adjuncts; typography; also, the act of producing photographic prints


  1. Printing

    Printing is a process for reproducing text and images, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing. The earliest form of printing was woodblock printing, with existing examples from China dating to before 220 A.D. and Egypt to the fourth century. Later developments in printing include the movable type, first developed by Bi Sheng in China, and the printing press, a more efficient printing process for western languages with their more limited alphabets, developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the fifteenth century.

Editors Contribution

  1. printingverb

    There's another meaning for "printing" that isn't listed here. When someone is carrying a concealed firearm, having a shirt or jacket that shows the outline of the weapon underneath is called "printing". It is to be avoided, as it means the weapon is poorly concealed.

    When the undercover cop bent down to retrieve the wallet, he was printing badly and several bystanders saw that he was armed.

    Etymology: unknown...I suspect it derives from the "imprint" of the weapon being visible.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 22, 2022  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'printing' in Nouns Frequency: #2566

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of printing in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of printing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of printing in a Sentence

  1. Leonard Augsburger:

    Most' obstructed error' notes result from a loose piece of paper, scotch tape, band-aid, or other detritus becoming attached to the currency stock during the printing process and later falling off. Most notes of this class thus exhibit a blank area somewhere on Del Monte note.

  2. Abdul Rashid Mukhdoomi:

    We were not handed over any order under which the printing and circulation of our newspapers were stopped.

  3. Oregon Elections Director Deborah Scroggin:

    My office remains focused on ensuring a fair process and meeting our March 17 deadline, after which clerks begin printing ballots. While the primary election is in May, for Oregon’s elections administrators, the work begins much sooner.

  4. Chris Cox:

    Many antigun politicians and members of the media have wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms, regardless of what a person may be able to publish on the internet, undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years. Federal law passed in 1988, crafted with the NRA's support, makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive an undetectable firearm.

  5. Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross:

    I think the results showed continued pressure on printing and PC's and better-than-expected results in enterprise.

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