Definition of printing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɪntɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The production of books, newspapers, or other printed material: the invention of printing [as modifier]: the printing industry
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  • Before the invention of printing, books were produced entirely by hand by a series of painters, calligraphers, and binders.
  • Nicholas V died in 1455, unaware of Johannes Gutenberg's invention of printing with moveable metal types in Mainz, Germany.
  • The importance of his book is that it was printed (book printing was invented just a short time before by Gutenberg) and many copies were therefore available.
1.1 [count noun] A single impression of a book: the second printing was ready just after Christmas
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  • Will new printings of traditional books be issued on demand, or printed in advance and warehoused?
  • A microfiche edition of the first printings of Mathilde's works has recently been published by IDC in the Netherlands.
  • A sufficiently high number of pre-orders would push the book into multiple printings early on and guarantee a high ranking.
1.2Handwriting in which the letters are written separately rather than being joined together: this squiggly squarish printing was the only way he could write
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  • The printing was hurried and the cramped letters ran together as if Alec had been in a great hurry to get them on paper.
  • I'm not sure how many years I received instruction, but I think cursive and printing might have been different years.
  • It was hard and white, and the printing on top was someone's flawless handwriting to ‘Mr. William Gale.’

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