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printing (adj.)

present-participle adjective from print (v.). Printing press "machine for taking impression from an inked surface upon paper" is from 1580s.

printing (n.)

late 14c., "art or process of making impressions or imprints by pressing into a soft surface; writing, written characters;" verbal noun from print (v.). Meaning "total number of copies printed at the same time" is from 1520s.

updated on November 17, 2020

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Definitions of printing from WordNet

printing (n.)
text handwritten in the style of printed matter;
printing (n.)
the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution;
printing (n.)
reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication;
Synonyms: printing process
printing (n.)
all the copies of a work printed at one time;
they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies
Synonyms: impression
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.