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Definitions for printing
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.


  1. Printing

    Printing is a process for mass reproducing text and images using a master form or template. The earliest non-paper products involving printing include cylinder seals and objects such as the Cyrus Cylinder and the Cylinders of Nabonidus. The earliest known form of printing as applied to paper was woodblock printing, which appeared in China before 220 AD for cloth printing. However, it would not be applied to paper until the seventh century. Later developments in printing technology include the movable type invented by Bi Sheng around 1040 AD and the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. The technology of printing played a key role in the development of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution and laid the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.


  1. printing

    Printing is a process of reproducing text, images, or designs onto paper or other materials using a mechanical or digital device called a printer. It involves transferring ink or toner onto the surface of the material to create a permanent or temporary copy of the content. Printing is commonly used for various purposes, including publishing books, magazines, newspapers, creating marketing materials, and printing personal documents.

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  

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  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. Vivien Leigh:

    Who could quarrel with Clark Gable? We got on well. Whenever anyone on the set was tired or depressed, it was Gable who cheered that person up. Then the newspapers began printing the story that Gable and I were not getting on. This was so ridiculous it served only as a joke. From the time on the standard greeting between Clark and myself became, 'How are you not getting on today?

  2. John Masefield:

    Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.

  3. Dmitry Zmeev:

    While it's unlikely that Lego blocks per se will be used as a part of a quantum computer, we've found the right direction for creating cheap thermal insulators : 3D printing, the Lego is made from ABS plastic and one can also create ABS structures simply by 3D printing them. We are currently studying the properties of such 3D printed structures at ultralow temperatures close to absolute zero.

  4. Walmart Supercenters:

    Our new vests have a modernized style that takes advantage of trim detail and screen printing to introduce color in an eye-catching way.

  5. Larry Summers:

    We are printing money, we are creating government bonds, we are borrowing on unprecedented scales, those are things that surely create more of a risk of a sharp dollar decline than we had before. And sharp dollar declines are much more likely to translate themselves into inflation than they were historically.

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