• Cologne Cathedral in 1820 From and old Print
    Cologne Cathedral in 1820 From and old Print
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n printing the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
    • n printing text handwritten in the style of printed matter
    • n printing all the copies of a work printed at one time "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"
    • n printing reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
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Additional illustrations & photos:

From Foxe's 'Actes and Monumentes,' printed by John Day, 1576 From Foxe's 'Actes and Monumentes,' printed by John Day, 1576
Printing telegraph Printing telegraph
Printing by electric light Printing by electric light

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
    • n Printing 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Printed on the tablet being held by the Statue of Liberty is July IV, MDCCLXXVI
    • n printing In general, the art or process of making copies or superficial transfers by impression; the reproduction of designs, characters, etc., on an impressible surface by means of an ink or a pigment (generally oily) applied to the solid surface on which they are engraved or otherwise formed. This sense is used specifically in typography of the actual taking of impressions by the operation of a press; in other uses, it is generally accompanied by some descriptive term; and in typography itself different methods are discriminated, as type, letterpress, or stereotype printing, color-printing, etc. Type or stereotype printing is done from a surface in high relief; lithographic printing, from the surface of a flat stone; copperplate printing, from inked lines engraved below the surface of a flat plate of copper or steel. The art of printing with ink from blocks of wood was practised in China at an early undetermined date. Silk and linen fabrics were printed from engraved hand-stamps in Europe in the twelfth century; playing-cards and prints of images were impressed on paper in the beginning of the fourteenth century. Calico-printing, oilcloth-printing, and carpet-printing are also distinct arts, each requiring specially made inks and machinery. Printing for the blind, in letters embossed in relief, is the only form of printing done without ink.
    • n printing The art or process of producing printed matter for reading (including illustrations, etc.) by composition and imposition of types, and their subjection when inked to pressure upon paper in a printing-press; the typographic art; typography in the fullest sense. Although documents of a much earlier date exist, which show strong evidence of having been printed in some manner analogous to the modern practice, the history of printing properly begins with the first use of movable molded types, and is accredited to Gutenberg, with the aid of Schoeffer and Fust, of Mainz in Germany, in which city appeared the first book with an authenticated (written) date, 1456. Gutenberg's invention, however, is disputed in favor of his contemporary Coster, of Haarlem in Holland, from whom the former is said to have derived the process. Improvements have since been made in the speed of type-making and in the methods of type-setting, but there has been no radical change in their theory or process. The simple screw hand-press first used for printing from types received no considerable improvement before 1800. Since that date many inventions have been made in printing-machinery, and the collateral arts of stereotyping and electrotyping have been developed. Machines that print from 5,000 to 50,000 copies an hour are to be found in many large cities. The earliest Italian copperplate-print is by Maso Finiguerra, a goldsmith of Florence (1452). Lithography was invented by Aloys Senefelder, of Munich, about 1796; he made prints in 1798, and received a patent in 1800. Typography, also known as letterpress printing, obtains its greatest advantage from the mobility of its types of metal, which can be repeatedly used in endless combinations. Type-printing machinery permits the use, along with types, of engravings on wood, or of stereotype or electrotype plates. In all other kinds of printing, the use of an engraved design in a new combination is not practicable; it can be used only in its first state. Printing comprises two distinct trades—composition, or the art of arranging types, and presswork, or the art of getting impressions from composed types. See compositor, pressman, and printer, 2.
    • n printing In photography, the act or art of obtaining a positive photographic picture from a negative, or a picture in which the lights and shades are true to nature from one in which they are reversed. When based upon the properties of a salt of silver, such printing is called silver-printing, and similarly with other salts.
    • n printing In ceramics, the art of decorating pottery by means of transfers, either by paper printed with mineral colors or by sheets of gelatin printed in oil. By the first plan, the paper is pressed, printed side down, on the ware to make the transfer, and afterward removed by softening in water. By the other plan, the gelatin film or bat simply transfers the oil to the ware, when it can be removed and used again, the oil-print being then dusted with mineral colors.
    • n printing Advertising-bills, posters, dodgers, window-bills, and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
    • Printing act, art, or practice of printing
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  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.”
  • Orson Welles
    “Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.”
  • Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    “The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.”
  • Jackie Collins
    Jackie Collins
    “My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.”
  • Fulton John Sheen
    Fulton John Sheen
    “The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Shortened from O. Fr. empreindre, empreint—L. imprimĕrein, into, premĕre, to press.


In literature:

It is an entire letter, and the whole is here printed.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
Only the two supplies of this value, mentioned previously, were printed making a total of 172,200 stamps.
"The Stamps of Canada" by Bertram Poole
The woodcuts, however, could stand by themselves as black-and-white prints; the tones required separate printing.
"John Baptist Jackson" by Jacob Kainen
But their print is too fine to read, and their margins are out of proportion to the printed page.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
To print or not to print?
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
A ditto, containing Drawings by various masters, and some Prints.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
He was lord and master of the printing-office.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
This might often be printed in a line by itself.
"The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]" by William Shakespeare
No quarter is given on either side; every printing press in the United States is engaged in the conflict.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
You are as fond of your books as James is of printing, or John of making candles!
"The Printer Boy." by William M. Thayer

In poetry:

Tell me a word
that you've often heard,
yet it makes you squint
when you see it in print!
"Conundrums" by D H Lawrence
I read these fellers puts it
Most tidily away
And then lends out their printed slips
To keep the wolf away
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten —
If I ever read it.
"A Patch Of Old Snow" by Robert Frost
As the image in the glass
Answers the beholder's face,
Thus unto my heart appear;
Print Thine own resemblance there.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (I)" by John Newton
Ah! the parents think of this!
But remember more the kiss
From the little rose-red lips;
And the print of finger-tips.
"Loss And Gain" by Nora Perry
Fain would I deem not wholly dead
The spoken words of former years,
And every printed page, when read,
A source of smiles, instead of tears;
That friends, whom I shall never see,
May, for a time, remember me.
"Influence" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Us print lovers watch each show waiting to see what the next Prada car print will be.
Avalon Printing & Graphics Expands Selection of Envelope Printing Services.
The Sussex-based company that has printed Newsweek for decades says the magazine's print demise will have little effect on them.
Newsweek magazine will stop publishing its print edition at the end of the year – and that means a Wisconsin printing firm will lose of its most highly-recognized contracts.
Kids will use leaves as a printing surface to create a print on paper.
The woman last was seen wearing a zebra-print shirt and carrying a zebra-print handbag.
Due to an error on the part of the printing firm that prints the Montgomery County Chronicle, this week's Page A2 was not published.
EFI Acquires Web-to-Print Innovator Online Print Solutions.
You probably noticed that our last week's printed issue was not in color and it was printed late.
HP has announced that the European Latex Applications tour has started to demonstrate the vast opportunities available to Print Service Providers (PSPs) using HP Latex printing technologies.
Updated Monday, Nov 19, 2012, at 5:29 p.m. Kim Kretchmar has added a third arm to her advertising and printing business by acquiring Mighty Wraps, a 5-year-old vinyl printing and automotive wraps company.
Lipton thinks food printing will be "the killer app" of 3D printing .
To prep the CAD file and print the model, users click " print .".
There are faint lines across the print , artifacts from the printing process.
Photo correction tools, borderless printing , duplex printing , and Bluetooth.

In science:

Krishnapur, Zeros of Random Analytic Functions, e-print Archive, ArXiv:math.
The order of the decay of the hole probability for Gaussian random SU(m+1) polynomials
Zrebiec, The zeros of Gaussian random holomorphic functions on Cn , and hole probability, E-print Archive, ArXiv:math.
The order of the decay of the hole probability for Gaussian random SU(m+1) polynomials
It prints a state vector as the superposition of the computational basis states.
QUBIT4MATLAB V3.0: A program package for quantum information science and quantum optics for MATLAB
Giving a third argument makes it possible to give the threshold below which a coefficient is considered zero (and because of that it is not printed).
QUBIT4MATLAB V3.0: A program package for quantum information science and quantum optics for MATLAB
There is a small peak visible at a frequency of 4.68 Hz for the VertexRSI antenna, which is the print-through of the apex structure rotation mode, along an axis through boresight.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers