Definition of preprint in English:



[with object]usually as adjective preprinted
  • Print (something) in advance.

    ‘a preprinted form’
    • ‘The pastor, sitting next to me, slipped me a routine, preprinted card of instructions for visiting speakers.’
    • ‘Selecting from a prepared list of possible reasons, participants recorded the reason for each telephone inquiry onto preprinted tally sheets.’
    • ‘They sell preprinted sheets that you run through your laser printer to make brochures and business cards and such.’
    • ‘Now I keep a folder of preprinted mailing labels in my toolbox at all times.’
    • ‘You can create the gift certificates on the computer or buy preprinted ones at an office supply store.’
    • ‘Either way, the checks should be preprinted using consecutive numbers.’
    • ‘Sample labels were preprinted to prevent duplicate codes.’
    • ‘Rather than filling out a new health information form each year, preprint the forms with all of the information that you collected for each camper last year.’
    • ‘Software that is integrated with the corporate Intranet can allow occupants to log on right from their workstations and send a request for a badge or card that can be preprinted before a visitor arrives.’
    • ‘The purpose of using this method is to save time by having everything preprinted on the form.’
    • ‘When used and managed appropriately, preprinted orders may help reduce the opportunity for transcription errors and can be a valuable tool for providing safe and efficient patient care.’
    • ‘Below I've preprinted an excerpt from our technical article describing the concept more thoroughly.’
    • ‘While the same preprinted headings appear throughout the journal, the uses to which the pages are dedicated vary widely.’
    • ‘Four questions required numerical answers, with a box preprinted for each required digit, thereby suggesting the correct number of digits.’
    • ‘At the same time, elected officials are less likely to pay attention to the traditional preprinted post cards or a Web - based petition that is ‘signed’ by thousands.’
    • ‘The nursing supervisors were interviewed by telephone and were asked 3 questions, each requiring either a yes or a no answer, and their responses were indicated on a preprinted interview form.’
    • ‘He uses a laser printer to add specific information about the specific honey in question to his preprinted honey labels and then sticks the labels on the jars.’
    • ‘It has produced a handsome booklet of postcards that tell the stories of individual women from many countries - and includes preprinted messages ready for mailing to your senators and representative.’
    • ‘In the '80s, one Texas bank tested a large batch of its automated checks to make sure the preprinted signatures were appearing precisely where they ought to.’
    • ‘Verify that your birth date preprinted on page one of the registration renewal form is accurate.’
    set in print, send to press, run off, reprint, pull, proof, copy, reproduce
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  • Something which is printed in advance, especially a part of a work printed and issued before general publication of that work.

    • ‘Receiving a preprint of the paper, Gallo realized that they had forgotten to include an abstract, without which it could not be published.’
    • ‘We wish to thank the Doctor for sharing with us a preprint of his manuscript.’
    • ‘It is then published as a private preprint on the journal site at an address known only to the editor, authors and reviewers.’
    • ‘Why does a paper always seem like breaking news when it's in the preprint section, anyway?’
    • ‘For that matter, he asked, ‘When does a preprint become a paper?’’
    • ‘The Centre long ago realized the importance of information retrieval systems on the Internet, including the distribution of in-house preprints, yearly activities and public access catalogs.’
    • ‘The latest Newspaper Association of America survey indicates that consumers strongly prefer to have preprints [such as inserts and flyers] in the Sunday newspaper.’
    • ‘It's published in the preprint section of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a pretty nice journal to be in, and (for a number of reasons) not one that drug company research finds its way into all that often.’
    • ‘This trend will gain further strength if the journals that make preprints available on the internet or publish internet-only versions of reports are taken into account.’
    • ‘A flurry of critical comments and electronic preprints has ensued.’
    • ‘For instance, in the astrophysics field alone, its internet preprint service publishes more than 15 new research papers every day, all of which are freely accessible to the public.’
    • ‘I had also read a preprint of Francis's own review, ‘On protein synthesis’.’
    • ‘Currently, the in-press service provides preprint articles about four months ahead of the print version.’
    • ‘Before machine-readable, full-text e-prints were available, paper preprints were mailed by the author or the institution only to major institutions.’
    • ‘In other fields, it's more important that non-experts can assume that published work has been vetted by reliable researchers; putting every paper out on a free preprint server is a dicier proposition.’