Definition of Printing

1. Noun. Text handwritten in the style of printed matter.

Generic synonyms: Writing

2. Noun. The business of producing printed material for sale or distribution.
Generic synonyms: Business, Business Enterprise, Commercial Enterprise
Specialized synonyms: Gravure, Issue, Publication
Examples of category: Case, Compositor's Case, Typesetter's Case, Justify
Category relationships: Printing Process

3. Noun. Reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication.

4. Noun. All the copies of a work printed at one time. "They ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
Exact synonyms: Impression
Generic synonyms: Publication
Specialized synonyms: Edition, Proof, Test Copy, Trial Impression, Mackle
Category relationships: Printing Process

Definition of Printing

1. n. 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.

Definition of Printing

1. Noun. The process or business of producing printed material by means of inked type and a printing press or similar technology. ¹

2. Noun. Material that has been printed. ¹

3. Noun. All the copies of a publication that have been printed in one batch. ¹

4. Noun. Written characters not joined-up. ¹

5. Verb. (present participle of print) ¹

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Definition of Printing

1. a reproduction from a printing surface [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Printing

printed circuit boards
printed press
printed symbol
printer's apostrophe
printer's devil
printer's ink
printer buffer
printer buffers
printer cable
printing (current term)
printing business
printing company
printing concern
printing form
printing forms
printing house
printing houses
printing ink
printing machine
printing operation
printing press
printing presses
printing process
printing roll

Literary usage of Printing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by Iowa Highway Commission (1915)
"8 forms, $7.62; Ames Tribune, 2000 bulletins and extra, reprint April, 1914 bulletin and 6 pages extra $105.00; May 26, King printing Co., ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"printing rollers consist of a mixture of glue, glycerine, glucose and sugar. The formula of mixture is varied to suit the speed of the machine and the ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"TEXTILE printing. The decorating of fabrics by printing is one of the oldest or ... All this early printing was done from blocks by a method very similar to ..."

4. Journal by Pennsylvania General Assembly. Senate (1823)
"To printing 50 bills, arrival and departure of mails, g3 00 To printing list of yeas and nays, - - - 3 00 To printing proposals of printers, ..."

5. The Museum of Science and Art by Dionysius Lardner (1856)
"Use of movable types for printing successive books or parts of a book.—8. ... IT is a remarkable fact, that printing, which has so far transcended all other ..."

6. Annual Report by United States Civil Service Commission (1898)
"Number of examinations held iu each State for the Departmental Page. and Government printing Services 427 2. Number of persone examined on the different ..."

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