Etymology
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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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