• 1Produce (books, newspapers, etc.), especially in large quantities, by a mechanical process involving the transfer of text or designs to paper.

    ‘a thousand copies of the book were printed’
    • ‘The book is printed wholly on recycled bags and paper, most of which were hand cut by Grout herself.’
    • ‘On-demand printing allows the author to print only books that are ordered.’
    • ‘It wasn't until 1690 that anything resembling a European newspaper was printed in the American colonies.’
    • ‘In its early days some books were printed on India paper, which was so fine that some volumes were reduced to half their original size.’
    • ‘Secondly, the book is printed on pulp paper of abysmal quality.’
    • ‘In the past, when we printed our own newspapers, we at best reached some 10,000 readers.’
    • ‘The idea is to print the circuits onto foil - the same way a newspaper is printed on paper.’
    • ‘We had finished printing the book and had taken it to the bindery.’
    • ‘Munro was presented with the Order of the Forest Award for her involvement in a modern movement towards books printed only on forest-friendly paper.’
    • ‘Were it not for paper, what would I print my books on?’
    • ‘The Latin Bible was the first complete book to be printed when Gutenberg introduced his new technology in the middle of the fifteenth century - and it has remained in print to this day.’
    • ‘This represents astonishing progress, since colorplate books were not printed in the United States until the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The slim, leather-bound book was printed in London in 1824 and contains details of the military commander's last will and testament in French and English.’
    • ‘For example, many newspapers are printed on paper consisting of over 50 per cent recycled paper; to rise to 70 per cent by 2006.’
    • ‘The books are printed on papers that match the weight, shade, caliper, and opacity of those earlier editions.’
    • ‘The present handsome book, printed on acid-free paper, is a worthy tribute to the flowers that Redoute rendered almost to the life.’
    • ‘The paper on which the books were printed was flimsy and cheap, and the books sold chiefly on the strength of their garish covers.’
    • ‘It is necessary to mention that the book is printed on nature-friendly, elemental chlorine-free paper.’
    • ‘From his latest book Robert Lacey reads the tale of William Caxton who printed the first book in the English language, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye.’
    • ‘Harsh penalties were imposed for printing newspapers on unstamped paper.’
    set in print, send to press, run off, preprint, reprint, pull, proof, copy, reproduce
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    1. 1.1Produce (text or a picture) by a printing process.
      ‘the words had been printed in dark type’
      • ‘Interior text and images were printed in black and white.’
      • ‘For this reason, Key Sheets were extremely closely guarded and were printed in soluble ink.’
      • ‘She said we should print some pictures of him for my room.’
      • ‘An image printing apparatus includes a digital camera for taking a picture image and a main body for printing the image.’
      • ‘Early lithographs were printed in black and white and sometimes colored by hand.’
      • ‘Despite his picture being printed in newspapers and aired on national television he has remained elusive.’
      • ‘The book is printed in hardcover with an attractive layout and cover, but the illustrations are terribly muddy and unsharp.’
      • ‘Each handout addresses one topic, ranges from one to four pages, and is printed in an easy-to-read font.’
      • ‘I had a paper due, but I hadn't used my printer yet so I decided to test it by printing a picture.’
      • ‘At Curwen Studios, Cambridgeshire, they print a lithographic poster using methods Lautrec himself would have used.’
      • ‘Also do you have any thoughts on a reasonably good color printer to print such images?’
      • ‘The illustrated magazines printed her picture, and she won competition after competition.’
      • ‘I once asked a woman who was printing the pictures whether she felt tired of repeating the same action in a mechanical way every day.’
      • ‘Displayed predominantly in gridded series, the photographs were printed slightly dark, so that the whites have a grayish tonality.’
      • ‘You save on the cost of film and processing, paying only for the cost of printing the pictures you actually want to use.’
      • ‘The booklets themselves were printed in different inks, on sheets of different kinds and sizes.’
      • ‘The first known printed illustration poster was printed in 1491.’
      • ‘Have your invitations printed in black ink which is already included in the cost.’
      • ‘His address is printed here in two parts.’
      • ‘The instrumentation panels are printed in an ugly script font.’
      set in print, send to press, run off, preprint, reprint, pull, proof, copy, reproduce
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    2. 1.2(of a newspaper or magazine) publish (a piece of writing) within its pages.
      ‘the article was printed in the first edition’
      • ‘This article was originally printed in the Anglo-Dutch Institute for Oriental Medicine Magazine.’
      • ‘Once a week, the newspaper prints a column responding to selected comments.’
      • ‘We cannot guarantee to print all letters received, particularly in cases of repetition.’
      • ‘One newspaper printed a piece under the headline ‘Death of the Butterfly.’’
      • ‘Soon after that, newspapers regularly printed tables of statistics after each game.’
      • ‘So the April Fool's Day story showed up as an important element in an article that was printed on the front page of the Times.’
      • ‘Gabe wanted to press charges, to have the newspaper print a front-page story about our experience, to call his lawyer.’
      • ‘Numerous articles have been printed in local newspapers.’
      • ‘These documents will probably not be very entertaining to read and few newspapers would print them in full.’
      • ‘I would like to know why it is so hard these days for a skateboard magazine to print any writing at all that describes skating.’
      • ‘The broadsheet newspapers occasionally printed an article which gave some grudging insight into the book world.’
      • ‘Some newspapers regularly print rumours or information without sources.’
      • ‘Rachel's was possibly the only publication to print the statement verbatim.’
      • ‘A newspaper printed the story, and someone mailed the clipping to my beloved teacher.’
      • ‘He added that he believed newspaper apologies should be printed on the same page and cover the same size as the original article.’
      • ‘The newspaper printed a brief item directing readers to the Web site to see for themselves ‘what all the fuss is about.’’
      • ‘Why would Camping Magazine print an article that was so anticamping?’
      • ‘The day after this Sunday creation event, the city newspaper printed a full page article on the creation vs. evolution debate.’
      • ‘People always ask me: how come newspapers print so much bad news?’
      • ‘Most US newspapers print their stories from the two major wire services, Reuters and Associated Press.’
      publish, issue, release, disseminate, circulate, propagate, purvey
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    3. 1.3(of a publisher or printer) arrange for (a book, manuscript, etc.) to be reproduced in large quantities.
      ‘in 1923 he printed Yeats' ‘Biographical Fragments’’
      • ‘The enthusiast has financed the latest book himself and, based on the previous projects, expects the 1,500 copies printed by publishers Country Books to sell quickly.’
      • ‘Getting nostalgic he recalled the ‘good old days’ when publishing was just about printing a book and getting it into stores.’
      • ‘To coincide with its release at the end of this month, Orion has just rushed to print the paperback of the novel, which was published last year and largely escaped the attention of the critics.’
      • ‘New technology means publishers are prepared to print books on demand.’
      • ‘One of Tony's uncle's companies printed some of the brochures that were sent out locally.’
      • ‘Malmesbury town councillor Judy Jones's book about escaping the rat race has been so successful her publishers are printing another edition.’
      • ‘Nobody needs to apply to the government to buy paper and ink and print a publication or book.’
      • ‘After all, the publishers had made a point of printing the book completely unexpurgated, with all the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors retained from the hand-written copy.’
      • ‘This difficulty occurs with other books printed by the same publisher and thus is not specific to this volume.’
      • ‘Panchiao's Lin family, which ran a publishing company, had earlier commissioned Lu to print some books for them.’
      • ‘Publishers have rushed to print books recounting her life, lost from the national radar screen for more than 20 years.’
      • ‘Whole Earth has been printing articles and reviewing books on permaculture for more than twenty years.’
      • ‘Further, scholars since the Renaissance have searched for and printed many texts from manuscripts they discovered.’
      • ‘The publishers printed what was left, so readers remained unaware that the narrator survives the shipwreck.’
      • ‘The couple were never given official notification of the ban and were not even told when their publisher stopped printing the book at the peak of its legal sales.’
      • ‘It was in Paris that Ernest got word that a publisher wanted to print his book, In Our Time, but with some changes.’
      • ‘Whereas manuscripts were copied in very small quantities, early books were printed in editions that averaged 250 to 1,250 copies.’
      • ‘Finally, in these essays, Rexroth profiles dozens of active poets and names the publishers printing their works.’
      • ‘The publisher would supply the printer with the manuscript to be printed and a sufficient amount of paper for the print run.’
      • ‘He's been holding out for a publisher to print the book exactly as he conceived it.’
    4. 1.4Produce a paper copy of (information stored on a computer)
      ‘the results of a search can be printed out’
      • ‘I raced to the school computer lab, printed out the two copies required, and realized I had forgotten my wallet.’
      • ‘The pictures are scanned, placed in computers, and digitally printed.’
      • ‘Very quickly I printed off what I had written and put the page into my consider pile.’
      • ‘Logs that have been printed out can't be erased or altered by an intruder, and this is an excellent use for old dot-matrix printers.’
      • ‘A newsletter can be created on your computer and printed out at a copy shop.’
      • ‘We discussed his patents (years earlier) on musical notation, allowing sheet music to be printed out by computers.’
      • ‘Sam looked down at the directions he'd printed off the Internet from her computer in the home office.’
      • ‘All displayed information can be easily printed out utilizing an optional printer or wireless technology.’
      • ‘I am printing a picture of this dessert and putting it in my wallet.’
      • ‘Using Photoshop, mspaint, or any tool you are comfortable with, produce screens that express the design, and print them out on paper.’
      • ‘The images created using computer were printed out and framed.’
      • ‘And I don't mean the frequency of your statements, which are simply cold hard numbers printed out by a computer.’
      • ‘Though such a site would only be locally accessible and available when the electricity is on, the documents it offers could still be printed out.’
      • ‘We then printed out the modified photo and my father copied the design to the real airplane.’
      • ‘The printer prints out the address and Blue takes it and places it in his pocket.’
      • ‘By agreement confidential sections of this judgment have not been printed out on this copy’
      • ‘This report, which is marked ‘My file copy’, has clearly been printed out from the computer at a subsequent date.’
      • ‘She printed out a couple of copies of the lyrics and downloaded a copy of The Voice Within.’
      • ‘I printed off 40 copies of the questionnaire and they went quickly.’
      • ‘I printed the pictures from the two web sites to show Mom.’
    5. 1.5Produce (a photographic print) from a negative.
      ‘any make of film can be developed and printed’
      • ‘You take a strip of negatives and ask another outlet to print the pictures and compare.’
      • ‘Because they could be printed from a negative, cartes de visite could be mass produced, unlike most earlier photographic processes.’
      • ‘I can still print from the Brownie negatives from the 1960s, and many will be reproduced in the new Aperture book.’
      • ‘His photographs are occasionally painted on, after being printed from negatives he has altered and scratched.’
      • ‘The photographs have been printed from a collection of lost negatives that were found by collector John Bosko.’
  • 2Write (text) clearly without joining the letters together.

    ‘print your name and address on the back of the cheque’
    • ‘The word ‘Civilian’ was printed in large letters on a cardboard tag, tied to its handle.’
    • ‘What I found was a silver chain, with a plaque in which was clearly printed the name ‘Kiley.’’
    • ‘Its metal surface was light blue, and printed in tiny letters below a pair of offset sensor lenses, was painted: Moss 3.’
    • ‘Finally we reached a door with the words ‘Headmaster's office’ written in bold letters printed on it.’
    • ‘The charge that some letters of some signatures are printed rather than written is particularly ludicrous.’
    • ‘But the designers say the messages, printed in the style of a car number plate, are tongue-in-cheek and claim key letters have been replaced with numbers.’
    • ‘Local election boards wrongly threw out virtually every signature that had been printed rather than written in cursive, as well as those with an initial or diminutive form of the first name.’
    • ‘Each letter of the text is printed in a separate block, and the blocks are arranged in a rectangular grid of 11 columns and 18 rows.’
    • ‘This second letter was printed in a regular font, as if it were taken from a plain-text file.’
    • ‘The sign had bold black lettering, printed in neat block form.’
    • ‘The donation should be printed clearly on the back of the card or pack, and can be as little as 5p per packet.’
    • ‘She shrugged helplessly at him as she pulled on the guy's coat but stopped short when she read the name boldly printed in curving letters: Brad.’
    • ‘I print this in capital letters merely to emphasise the tone of incredulity with which my colleague, Michael Grant recounted this tale to me from Orlando.’
    • ‘Gary Jefferson's name was printed on the door, which was across the hall from them just as soon as he and Manda stepped out of the elevator.’
    • ‘There, Gobber printed the text in plain red capital letters on a white backdrop, evoking nothing so much as a grocery window sign advertising the price of produce.’
    • ‘Some people commented about ritualistically writing, not printing their names up in the right corner of their paper.’
    • ‘We suspect that it may be fine for clearly printed characters, but less so for cursive handwriting.’
    • ‘I printed MEG PICKARD clearly, and handed her the form.’
  • 3Mark (a surface, typically a fabric or garment) with a coloured design or pattern.

    ‘a delicate fabric printed with roses’
    • ‘Like paper notes, plastic ones can be printed with intricate background patterns, and can incorporate watermarks and security threads.’
    • ‘The fabric was printed with a simple design, and the full skirt accentuated her tiny waist.’
    • ‘In all her travels she collected souvenirs of varied taste and quality, but one can't fault the good fabric of these towels, even if they are printed with highlights of Tasmania.’
    • ‘The men tend to wear khaki, while the women make their dresses using cotton fabrics printed with patterns.’
    • ‘Traditional fabrics were block printed with geometric designs.’
    • ‘The designs are printed with waterless printing technology, so no water is polluted in the process.’
    • ‘She browsed through the teen's section and found a cute pink top that was printed with little puppies.’
    • ‘From the adjacent car park the facade reads as a panelled surface printed with a complex pattern.’
    • ‘The glass is printed with patterns giving it an animalesque quality.’
    • ‘Choose decorative pillows that are printed with enriched brights; blues and yellows, orange and greens.’
    • ‘A wavy mark also was printed on the floor, brushed by some type of clothing.’
    • ‘For instance, some of the firm's stretch denims were printed with a metallic gold color, and others had gold borders and fringe.’
    • ‘The soft fold of a necktie printed with a bookshelf pattern makes the structure appear to be toppling.’
    • ‘There was suddenly a huge woman in a white wrap dress printed with huge red watercolor roses towering over him.’
    • ‘Each piece is neatly framed with fabric printed with horses and superheroes, like children's bed sheets.’
    • ‘The postage labels will be printed with four different designs in consecutive order in a roll.’
    • ‘Linen printed with ethnic designs will also give an African or Nomadic Arabic back to roots earthy natural flavour.’
    • ‘The cloth is printed with a mix of ethnically distinct Papuan motifs, usually in bright colours (initially due to a difficulty in sourcing dye from Java).’
    • ‘Apocryphally, I once heard a story about a woman who had an extremely expensive silk dress, printed with Chinese characters.’
    • ‘Their feminine clothes feature hand-dyed silk shirts printed with abstract geometric shapes in creams and browns and some are finished with soft leather panels.’
    • ‘Their pearly surfaces are printed with his handwritten texts and his drawing of a bird in flight.’
    imprint, impress, stamp, mark, brand
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    1. 3.1Transfer (a design or pattern) to a surface.
      ‘patterns of birds and trees were printed on the cotton’
      • ‘The crimson or dusky green toile pattern is printed on Celeste 406 thread count percale sheeting with hand drawn hems.’
      • ‘The pupils will also visit Bradford's Colour Museum to look at how patterns are printed onto fabrics, and the city's industrial museum to see how fabric was made in the 19th century.’
      • ‘They carried maps printed on silk, for durability and ease of concealment.’
      • ‘The clothing is more geared towards wholesalers and companies who want to print designs on the shirts and resell them.’
      • ‘Sharon Young's ‘Forgotten Tribes’ uses American Indian imagery printed onto fleece and cotton snow boarding wear.’
      • ‘Students could not wait to get to the process of printing the line drawings from the plate onto the dampened paper.’
      • ‘Lasting as long as normal nail varnish, the NailJet Pro can print photographs or any other high resolution design and it can print a different design on every fingernail.’
      • ‘By a woody grain printing process, a woody grain pattern is printed on the abraded surface.’
      • ‘The ‘moths’ were triangular pieces of waterproof card with specific patterns printed on them.’
      • ‘Okay, so this pattern is printed onto paper, or newspaper, or shown on your monitor.’
      • ‘He disappeared into the bathroom, and reappeared ten minutes later in a black T-shirt and a favorite pair of shorts that had palm trees printed all over them.’
      • ‘Nearby, a table upon which was printed a map of the kingdom also materialized, with numerous counters on it representing the kingdom's armies.’
      • ‘The white linen thing at your place is called a napkin (not a serviette; a serviette is a paper napkin with Christmas trees printed on it).’
      • ‘The designs made by eight students from the Bishop Cotton Girls' School were chosen for printing as greeting cards, of the 15 designs that were selected.’
      • ‘Another combination mat/pressing board has a grid, bias lines and circles printed on the pressing surface.’
    2. 3.2Make (a mark or indentation) by pressing something on a surface or in a soft substance.
      ‘he printed a mark on her soft skin’
      • ‘Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic.’
      • ‘Her forehead was swelling red, with the Frisbee's mark printed on it.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that I don't understand any of what's printed on them, I really enjoy the tiny red bean mooncakes here... and anything made of taro.’
      • ‘The icing is printed with leaves, and the sugar ribbons are hand-painted, giving them the look of shiny ribbon.’
      • ‘The cookies are printed with an edible food coloring sugar paper that is glazed onto a vanilla iced cookie.’
    3. 3.3Mark (the surface of a soft substance)
      ‘we printed the butter with carved wooden butter moulds’
      imprint, impress, punch, inscribe, engrave, chase, etch, carve, emboss, deboss, brand, frank, mark, label
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    4. 3.4Fix (something) firmly or indelibly in someone's mind.
      ‘his face was printed on her memory’
      • ‘A work is the production of a human being, and a part of that human being is indelibly printed on it.’
      • ‘The decorative layer is printed on this coating.’
      • ‘And what we saw on the way was indelibly printed on my mind.’
      • ‘Both pieces have been in my collection a good few years now and have lasted for very many plays that have printed them indelibly on my mind.’
      register, record, note, impress, imprint, engrave, etch, stamp, mark, brand, set, ingrain
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  • 1[mass noun] The text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication, especially with reference to its size, form, or style.

    ‘she forced herself to concentrate on the tiny print’
    ‘bold print’
    • ‘She produced the piece of paper to which the notice had been attached, and which now bore the word ‘Declined’ in bold print, with a signature below.’
    • ‘She opened her book and began to read its tiny print.’
    • ‘There on the front pages, in elegant print, appeared the words Omnipedia, First Edition, Shadow Mountain.’
    • ‘Her gray eyes picked out a sign announcing ‘ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES’ in bold print.’
    • ‘New technical terms are presented in the text in bold-faced print and the definitions of these terms are conveniently located at the bottom of each page.’
    • ‘The newspapers are at it also - today's headlines are the same size print as the actual full stories used to be.’
    • ‘It was that sort of website that has tiny print all the way down the page, and nothing but one picture, and the rest words.’
    • ‘He had never been one to read for any long amount of time, and the childish style and chicken scratch print was already beginning to bother him.’
    • ‘We read in black letter print this morning that it will be August, and that tells me that the party is still in trouble and is still without any particular leadership.’
    • ‘Part of the O'Brien Panda series, these books have lots of images, large print and simple text, designed to engage beginner readers.’
    • ‘I also sell books for adaptation in large print and audio books.’
    • ‘Except for the cover letter, the rest of the papers were in tiny print.’
    • ‘Its ad for the day has the main headline of ‘1.8GHz’ in large bold print.’
    • ‘The one concession to modernity is a notice at the bottom of the page which says that items in bold print are organic and certified by the Soil Association.’
    • ‘In small print at the bottom, it said ' persons over 35 will not be considered '.’
    • ‘The small print at the bottom of the page said it was printed in 1930.’
    • ‘The book's overall dimensions, font size, and uses of bold print make it very user friendly.’
    • ‘But wait… what are those letters in tiny print alongside?’
    • ‘It was an entire page of tiny black print with a little red line on it and an arrow telling me to sign it.’
    • ‘These checklists have some items in bold print.’
    type, printing, letters, lettering, characters, type size, typeface, face, font
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    1. 1.1The state of being available in published form.
      ‘the news will never get into print’
      • ‘For eight years, investigative reporter Len Levitt fought to get his disclosures about an unsolved murder into print.’
      • ‘If you are dedicated to making sure women's views and perspectives get into print and keeping media in the hands of women, this is the place for you.’
      • ‘So, when I find a book which comes from one of the well-known firms which publish more or less anything for an author who is keen to get into print, the first thing I want to know is, Can the guy write?’
      • ‘Someone ought to be very embarrassed about letting this get into print.’
      • ‘In other words, how did these accusations get into print in the first place?’
      • ‘So what you do does get into print somewhere and people can look at that, and editors of medical journals have a responsibility of making sure that that's been through an Ethics Committee.’
      • ‘Would-be authors suffering a constant stream of rejection slips will be able to find out how to get into print next month.’
      • ‘My long, long wait to get into print is bound to make me a little envious, isn't it?’
      • ‘You keep writing a different version of the story, eventually they will get into print.’
      • ‘Indeed, critical readers might suspect that the vanity press outlet was the only way these articles could get into print.’
      • ‘I don't doubt that the Times reporters get up in the morning and, as I do, look to see whether a favorite rumor has made it into print or on the air.’
      • ‘Of course, it would be a mistake to assume, from this evidence, that if you just persevere long enough you are bound to get into print eventually; you might end up by getting nowhere.’
      • ‘In the 1640s everyone had something to say about the way the world was going and everyone who was literate wanted to get into print.’
      • ‘Thanks for being an important voice and for printing people who can't get into print in other places.’
      • ‘Never underestimate sincerity, or any sincere author with an ability to write, and get into print.’
      • ‘The main target group was, after all, mostly younger scholars who were very keen to get into print and whom one wanted to give a stake in the success of the field.’
      • ‘The first English translation to get into print was by William Tyndale, an admirer of Luther.’
      • ‘It was not easy for young poets to get into print at that time.’
      • ‘Some of the pieces eventually made their way into print - or at least the ideas behind them did.’
    2. 1.2informal A newspaper.
      ‘the report's contents were widely summarized in the public prints’
      • ‘You see, all this talk of whether print is superior to web or whether the web is going to eventually make newspapers and magazines redundant is a bit silly.’
      • ‘Such a complete technological convergence on to a single platform would spell the death of print, radio, and television.’
      • ‘Will his profits skyrocket under a system in which he can soak up advertising dollars for both print and television?’
      • ‘I mean isn't that exactly what the print media and the media more generally should be doing in order to stir up the imagination and to provoke debate within the community?’
      • ‘As far as actually studying journalism is concerned, obviously one of the major areas of journalism is the print media.’
      • ‘We also publish six of these opinions every week in our print Sunday Viewpoints section, using each vehicle to promote the other.’
      • ‘The Government funds two high-profile communications campaigns involving TV, radio, and print media.’
      • ‘It's the busy intersection of two different types of media - the interactivity of the Web and the structured nature of print.’
      • ‘Of course, the print media of today has to compete with a lot more distractions, from video games to the Internet.’
      • ‘Additionally there have been an enormous number of articles in the print media.’
      • ‘When I can, I work as a graphic designer for both print media and the web.’
      • ‘Abandoning print for pixels provides me with a cornucopia of news and information just a few mouse clicks away.’
      • ‘But in my opinion, it means keeping print but also providing a competitive online experience in one or all of those areas.’
      • ‘For print media in particular, given its obvious synergy with anybody who likes to read, it would be a mistake to ignore a demographic this large.’
      • ‘Forty-seven percent of print media readers held at least one misperception.’
      • ‘Both TV and print media carry reports about the conference.’
      • ‘Smith looks at this issue in a different way, arguing that it is important to make the distinction between print media for women and feminist print media.’
      • ‘The expo aims to become a forum for publishers to promote opportunities in the print media industry, which observers say has the potential to grow by up to four times larger than its current size.’
      • ‘It is worrisome for magazines and newspapers, since Internet media consumption is already higher than for print media.’
      • ‘And that's the wonderful thing about cartoons, they can actually communicate in a way quite different from the rest of the print media.’
    3. 1.3[as modifier]Relating to the printing industry or the printed media.
      ‘the print unions’
      • ‘Ross Pritchard was a member and activist in the print workers' GPMU union until his death from cancer in 2001.’
      • ‘A strong enough web presence can eliminate many print advertising and other campaign costs.’
      • ‘Royalty contracts became common in music and print publishing.’
      • ‘Kavanagh's career started off in his family's print and publishing business.’
      • ‘A content analysis was conducted to get a picture of what is typical in both print and Web coverage of the environment in leading U.S. dailies.’
      • ‘Disney put $1m into the film, including spending $400,000 on print advertising.’
      • ‘What Cratis was talking about was what was useful to the print industry.’
      • ‘Do you write about legal issues or developments for print publications or other outlets?’
      • ‘One of the most transformative things about web publishing, as distinct from print publishing, is that you can provide ‘extra material’.’
      • ‘Most print publication will cease; electronic publication and distribution will become the norm.’
      • ‘Although St Ives is not part of this national agreement, the GPMU print workers' union decided to ballot its members to win a similar pay increase.’
      • ‘The company is currently running an unmemorable television and print ad campaign.’
      • ‘Tony Dubbins from the GPMU print union said he wanted small firms to be brought within the laws covering union recognition and other changes.’
      • ‘We won't be publishing another print edition of Online until January 6, but rest assured we'll still be updating the website with all the latest news.’
      • ‘It has freed photography from the commercial and costly constraint of print publishing.’
      • ‘The networks will also mention each other in all print advertising promoting the awards.’
  • 2An indentation or mark made on a surface or soft substance.

    ‘there were paw prints everywhere’
    • ‘Noah climbed over the fence, his boots leaving deep prints in the soft ground.’
    • ‘Crime scene investigators are also poised to attend garage and shed break-ins to gather finger and palm prints as part of the same operation.’
    • ‘Gazing down from her perspective of about ten feet off the surface, boot prints showed up in the dust around the craft.’
    • ‘Somebody had broken into the house, kicked in the door of her study and kicked a hole in the wall opposite, leaving the very clear print of a size 10 boot.’
    • ‘On closer inspection, he saw that three different sets of prints trailed off in three opposite directions.’
    • ‘The animal left a large paw print in mud near houses at Beaumont Chase yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘Having strangers to stay also means keeping the communal areas of her house immaculate - so no muddy football boots or paw prints are allowed in the hall, she adds.’
    • ‘When it snowed in January this year there was a trail of prints which came along the top of a brick wall, across the flowerbed and down the path.’
    • ‘In some of the prints, the claw marks of the three toes are visible.’
    • ‘Kerr, who has already acted as an expert witness in criminal trials, is also able to profile potential suspects through wear marks on their shoe prints.’
    • ‘Zoos around the country, for instance, recently gathered paw prints of jaguars whose sex, age, and size are known.’
    • ‘A paw print was found at one of the locations where it was seen.’
    • ‘The idea of taking the paw print of migrating dogs was a stroke of genius from a senior member of the immigration and naturalisation service, who does not wish to be identified.’
    • ‘Beneath the window was a large puddle of mud bearing a small set of paw prints.’
    • ‘The criminal complaint said a pair of his boots match prints found where the Rodeo fire and the one-acre fire started.’
    • ‘There were hoof prints at the watering holes, deer or boar or both.’
    • ‘In the snow, there were two sets of foot prints winding around the trees; one set human the other huge paw prints.’
    • ‘Overall, the print is soft, with some occasional flecks of dirt and minor artifacting and pixelization.’
    • ‘Adjacent to the Sutter Creek site, tire impressions and shoe prints were found in the soil adjacent to the area of egress.’
    • ‘We spent a misty day walking through the forests around Forsmark, where the newly fallen snow held the paw prints of lynx and the big M-shaped hoof marks of moose.’
    • ‘Serle hunched down on the ground and ran his fingers over the hoof prints.’
    • ‘It was in a wood up from the beach, and in the morning we'd find the paw prints of all sorts of creatures.’
    • ‘The paw prints of a wild dog were tattooed over his left shoulder, nearly to his sun-bleached hair.’
    impression, fingerprint, mark
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    1. 2.1Fingerprints.
      ‘the FBI matched the prints to those of the robbery suspect’
      • ‘Sure enough, Dorcia's fingers sported the infamous prints that had baffled so many.’
      • ‘Her colleagues in the Scottish Criminal Records Office fingerprint bureau claimed it matched her prints.’
      • ‘According to the investigator from the Clay County Carrier Newspaper, there were no prints and no marks inside any of the circles.’
      • ‘Informed sources said that the prints matched those of a man who came to the attention of the Garda Special Branch.’
      • ‘After you've stored your prints, you place your finger on the pad and within two seconds it unlocks.’
      • ‘Using the latest technology they will also be able to match scanned prints to those found at unsolved crime scenes.’
      • ‘Make sure that no prints of the fingers or the feet touch anything.’
      • ‘The lab also confirmed that Bill's fingerprints were the only prints on the letter opener.’
      • ‘Fingerprints and footwear evidence were recovered at the scene and the prints matched the defendant's.’
      • ‘It was the Crown's case that those prints matched old footmarks found in her kitchen on a worktop and under a cooker which had been left by the person who decorated her kitchen weeks earlier.’
      • ‘The fingerprints are scanned using new inkless technology and the prints are sent to the country to be matched against their criminal database.’
      • ‘But this is the ‘Rolls Royce’ version and it is likely that the prints from only two fingers will be used on the cards on the grounds of cost.’
      • ‘Members of the staff who had immediate access to that storage room were also fingerprinted and compared against those prints, and there are also no matches.’
      • ‘The Consular Section will take prints of the right and left index fingers.’
      • ‘As part of the voluntary departure process, officials took prints from his two index fingers.’
      • ‘Upon arrest, a computer matched his prints with fingerprints left at the scene of the Park Avenue murder.’
      • ‘The project manager discovered clearly-visible prints inside his Vauxhall Corsa after it was broken into on the driveway of his Bradford home.’
      • ‘Venerella suddenly realised the smudges were fingerprints; the ink on the prints was exactly the same colour and tonality as most of the writing.’
      • ‘Just around the corner is the finger-printing room, where prints are still taken the old way, using ink, rollers and sheets of paper.’
      • ‘The FBI Laboratory compared his fingerprint record with the latent prints recovered from the phone books, but with negative results.’
  • 3A picture or design printed from a block or plate or copied from a painting by photography.

    ‘the walls were hung with sporting prints’
    • ‘More recently, their prints derive from etchings, engravings and stencils, as well.’
    • ‘The forty-nine works on view include paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, and photographs.’
    • ‘The only decorations were, I think, watercolours, or some kind of coloured prints of flowers.’
    • ‘Ultimately, Pieter Bruegel's paintings and prints were the weightiest works deriving from the idiom.’
    • ‘The current exhibition brings together more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors and sculptures.’
    • ‘The large original painting is to hang in the Bury FC boardroom, however, a number of high quality prints will be produced for sale to supporters.’
    • ‘It includes paintings, sculpture, prints and photography, which give us a window through which we can steal a look at these largely forgotten people.’
    • ‘The artist will be on hand to dedicate his new suite and show his latest paintings, sculpture and prints.’
    • ‘Among the items on view are paintings, drawings, prints, posters, sculptures, zinc silhouettes and ephemera.’
    • ‘While the vast majority of the works in the show are watercolors, there are also four oil paintings and four prints.’
    • ‘Apart from paintings her work included prints and designs for stained glass and tapestries.’
    • ‘Her paintings and prints show a modern instead of an idealized picture of women.’
    • ‘But it is not known if the blocks for these prints had been made of wood or of other materials.’
    • ‘For something more subtle, you can find navy and white wall paper in every pattern from toile to floral prints to a checkerboard design.’
    • ‘For example, if the rug is floral, add framed prints or flowers in similar colors.’
    • ‘I am in a room that is wall-papered with a floral print.’
    • ‘A subsequent print from an original block authorized by the artist is called a late edition.’
    • ‘Its people and landscape became the favorite motif of his prints and paintings.’
    • ‘The framed pictures could have been prints, paintings, or both, and may well have included Downman's own portrait.’
    • ‘He was selling an Ohara School folio of woodblock prints of Ikebana floral designs, circa 1910.’
    reproduction, copy, replica, imitation, facsimile, duplicate
    picture, design, engraving, etching, lithograph, silk screen, linocut, monoprint, plate, cut, woodcut, vignette
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    1. 3.1A photograph printed on paper from a negative or transparency.
      ‘please send a black-and-white or colour print to the editor’
      • ‘Most of the works in the show were prints made from collodion negatives.’
      • ‘To make a silver gelatin print, the photographer projects light through his film onto the paper.’
      • ‘Featuring a wide selection of colour and monochrome prints and slides, this show displays the diversity of interests and skills among the members.’
      • ‘The resulting negative was used to make prints on a silver-based paper, initially by print-out as Talbot had done, and later by developing.’
      • ‘The public can leaf through albums of prints made from these negatives and order copy prints at the MHS Photograph Archives.’
      • ‘With this in mind, several of the printer companies have come out with printers that do prints on decent photographic paper.’
      • ‘Several of us took down her mailing address and will be sending her prints of the photographs that we took.’
      • ‘He photographs the collages and makes limited-edition, silver gelatin prints from a master negative.’
      • ‘Even if I hop in the car and take a film down to the nearest 1-hour lab it'll be the best part of a day before I'm back at my desk working with the prints and negatives.’
      • ‘He began by making both the negatives and the albumen-coated prints but soon turned the latter task over to professional printers.’
      • ‘I used to make 20 or more prints from a dozen or more negatives in a printing session.’
      • ‘The December monthly competition will be open to both colour and monochrome prints.’
      • ‘This machine could simultaneously ‘write’ photographic images to a compact disc, while making prints from a regular negative.’
      • ‘I have made a couple of colour prints of pics I had taken of my car some years ago when the dashboard leather had not yet faded.’
      • ‘Just under the water sheet, you can see dim grass photographs, two prints coloured to the temperature of glass that glint from one sky refraction to another.’
      • ‘He finally gave his negatives and prints to the town of Clayton on the condition that they be preserved for future generations.’
      • ‘When making a print from a negative, parts of the paper are exposed more or less than the rest to hold details in highlights or pull detail from shadows.’
      • ‘For sharp prints good contact between the negative and sensitized paper is critical.’
      • ‘Salted paper prints were the first type of paper print used in photography.’
      • ‘On Saturday, I bought two prints of beautiful black-and-white photographs.’
      photograph, photo, snap, snapshot, shot, picture
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    2. 3.2A copy of a motion picture on film, especially a particular version of it.
      ‘he screened his own print of the film at festivals around the world’
      • ‘As noted above, the print of the film is not as crisp and clean as a more recent, glossier Hollywood production might be.’
      • ‘The film print is extremely clean with only a little bit of grain.’
      • ‘However, nearly 100 cinemas that already had prints of the film showed it anyway, saying they were not served copies of the court order, and moviegoers asked what the fuss was about.’
      • ‘But the thing is that you have to care for these films, for these prints, so that a younger generation can see them again.’
      • ‘Marked by a distinctive black edging to the prints, Paul's film output was distinguished particularly by trick films and news films.’
      • ‘Don't miss your opportunity to see these films in brand new prints on a big screen.’
      • ‘Unfortunately due to bad preservation, many prints of Chinese musical films have been lost, and among those that remain few are shown with English subtitles.’
      • ‘I had the pleasure of seeing this print of the film on a big screen, with orchestral and choral accompaniment conducted by Einhorn.’
      • ‘A slight flicker is evident from time to time, and there are numerous small scratches in both the film print and the soundtrack.’
      • ‘The film print used was nearly free of speckles or nicks; only a very few were detectable.’
      • ‘All of this bonus material is wonderful, but it pales in comparison to the breathtaking print of the film.’
      • ‘But I am told that the studio sent out almost 5000 prints of the films.’
      • ‘Don't miss this opportunity to see a beautiful print of a film that might very well be one of the best you'll see all year.’
      • ‘There is some slight grain to the film, but the print has aged well, apart from a little shimmer in a few scenes.’
      • ‘That doesn't sound so bad until you realize it is truly the only option; the subtitles are burned into the film print.’
      • ‘I can't pass judgment on the studio or the film restorers because I have no way to tell how bad the film prints were to begin with.’
      • ‘There were a few specks on the film print but they were hard to notice.’
      • ‘It's a bad print of a film that hasn't been seen much over the past 39 years.’
      • ‘Let's talk widescreen: the transfer is from a pristine print of the film and is pretty near reference quality.’
      • ‘A week from today, the American Cinematheque in Hollywood is screening a print of the movie, 1776.’
  • 4A piece of fabric or clothing with a coloured pattern or design printed on it.

    ‘light summer prints’
    [as modifier] ‘a floral print dress’
    • ‘She turned heads with a stunning floral print silk dress and matching hat and her outfit was described as magnificent by the adjudicators.’
    • ‘A floral print which is predominantly red, or possibly with a black background or a black border, could also work well here.’
    • ‘But something like the paisley print summer dress, loosely based on the Louis Vuitton catwalk model, at George at Asda is a great example of what's on offer.’
    • ‘When the surf's up, it's time to slip into tropical floral print pieces in delicious chocolate and turquoise.’
    • ‘Isabelle smiled at the Mickey Mouse apron her Nana wore over the floral print dress.’
    • ‘The summer collection has opted for a very pretty look with the accent on floral prints, frills and floaty fabrics in a parade of colour.’
    • ‘Floral prints, embroidery and accessories are the looks to go for.’
    • ‘The green, blue and yellow collections, with their combination of fresh floral prints and earthy woven checks conjure up images of rural Tuscan living.’
    • ‘There is nothing prettier or more versatile than a print summer dress that falls in a nice shape around your knees.’
    • ‘She certainly managed to attract their attention in a leopard print dress and full-length fake fur coat.’
    • ‘The clothes are very colourful and summery, with lots of prints and light fabrics.’
    • ‘There was a soft, teal blue carpet on the floor, and a scattering of armchairs and sofas - most were done in a floral print.’
    • ‘For a print fabric, convert the front pattern piece to a full piece instead of the half piece with a foldline.’
    • ‘Natasha, Vivienne and company modelled pastel richly coloured print dresses and two pieces ideal for summer weddings, the races and parties.’
    • ‘Authentic Chinese patterns come to life in silk jacquards, prints and exquisite beaded pieces.’
    • ‘Within a few years his abstract, boldly coloured prints achieve international recognition and are a must for every fashionable lady.’
    • ‘She was now in a floral print dress with narrow straps that showed off her slightly bronzed shoulders (thanks to hours spent in the sun tanning).’
    • ‘But the colours on her floral print dress are as vivid as the flag's.’
    • ‘Women wear A-line dresses often made of a floral print fabric.’
    • ‘Classic Japanese influences are accentuated with very short, floral prints and floral embroideries.’
    • ‘Grandma was wearing a beret and a floral print dress and Grandad a black sports blazer with white stripes.’
    printed cloth, printed fabric, printed material, patterned cloth, patterned fabric, patterned material, chintz
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    1. 4.1A pattern or design printed on a garment or fabric.
      ‘the blouse is available in an assortment of colours and prints’
      • ‘Business people want new prints too, but only the most traditional patterns are welcome.’
      • ‘Its new girls' wear range for spring features lots of floral prints on dresses and capris as well as bold stripes on sweaters and fleece pullovers.’
      • ‘He saw her favourite white summer dress with the prints of red roses.’
      • ‘Remember that the patterns can be different, perhaps a check print on one and a floral print on the other, as long as they're in the same color group.’
      • ‘Since January this year shares in the company, famous for its floral print designs, have improved over 68%.’
      • ‘Puffy jacquards and jacquard denim will mean we see more textured prints in this favourite fabric.’
      • ‘The range will include a Gore-Tex evening dress with a lace print made from the fabric, skirts, fitted frilly jackets and raincoats with delicate floral prints.’
      • ‘If you are wondering what to do with your old sweaters, get them dyed to give them a new look and embroider some flowers or a paisley print on them.’
      • ‘Tops and belts were festooned with perspex, while prints were individually developed and printed on sweaters, T-shirts and more leather.’
      • ‘Shocking patterns, floral prints, butterfly in the collar, bias cut and chic fabrics make the simple wear charming.’
      • ‘Claire could just make out the floral print pattern of the skirt under the beige winter coat.’
      • ‘Use patches on garments with simple lines made of solid fabric or subtle prints, letting the patches, rather than the garment, be the focal point.’
      • ‘The bed was a small singular made out of dark pinewood, and the cover was a floral print design.’
      • ‘The girls' range is equally cute with lots of pink and white stripes and teddy prints.’
      • ‘The print is floral with shades of green, brown, and mauve on a cream background.’
      • ‘Floral prints in combination with light, natural fibres like chiffon, silk and linen underscore this young and natural look.’
      • ‘The skirt is a houndstooth print with black leather trim and a fringe at the hem.’
      • ‘Loud stripes and garden prints were also dominant in this particular show.’
      • ‘Other patterns include paisley, animal prints and bold stripes.’
      • ‘The usual choice is a solid-color opaque fabric, but you might consider a print lining under a plain color or even a patterned sheer.’
      printed cloth, printed fabric, printed material, patterned cloth, patterned fabric, patterned material, chintz
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  • appear in print

    • (of an author) have one's work published.

      ‘at the present time it is very easy for academics to appear in print’
      • ‘Watching as the tragedy unfolded was the Pequot William Apess, the author of the first published Native American autobiography, which appeared in print in 1829.’
      • ‘Kronecker never published the theorem and it was Castelnuovo's version which appeared in print.’
      • ‘Newton's ‘method of fluxions’ was written in 1671 but Newton failed to get it published and it did not appear in print until John Colson produced an English translation in 1736.’
      • ‘Some of her songs were published under her brother's name in his opp. 8 and 9, and a few isolated pieces appeared in print under her own name before she published her op. 1 in 1846.’
      • ‘As a subject developed he would write a paper on it including material, it may be, from different folders, but destroying the final draft and typescript after the paper appeared in print.’
      • ‘In fact his first publication appeared in print in the year he graduated, being a paper on quantum theory.’
      • ‘One article about Hunt's evidence did appear in print and was published in March 1998.’
      • ‘His account of the discovery was sent to the publishers in 1775, but took two years to appear in print.’
      • ‘But Finkel's article, despite its glaring problem, may have provided the most accurate sense of life on the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast that has yet to appear in print.’
      • ‘Carl Neumann prepared his father's lectures for publication in 1895 but they never appeared in print.’
  • in print

    • 1(of a book) available from the publisher.

      ‘he was surprised to find it was still in print’
      • ‘There are currently more than 40 books about him in print, yet he still manages to come cloaked in a certain mystique.’
      • ‘I can't guarantee that any particular back issue is still in print, but it's worth asking.’
      • ‘It is a small paperback book easily available and still in print.’
      • ‘We send books all over the world and can order in any books in print.’
      • ‘All of the books mentioned here are currently in print and available from good book shops.’
      • ‘The book is still in print and has been translated into several languages.’
      • ‘His paintings are available in print for the first time as five limited editions.’
      • ‘There was no author picture, and few of his other books seemed to be in print.’
      • ‘The librarian, having failed to find it in an Internet search of books in print, had given up.’
      • ‘Fahey's book is not the first about the mission, but it is the only book in print.’
      • ‘Anyone who has a book which they would like to see in print should take a close look at this option.’
      • ‘It was the only book of its kind and stayed in print for 40 years, running to four editions.’
      • ‘Far too few of this great writer's books are in print in English and I grab my chances whenever I can.’
      • ‘Deren's book is still very much in print, as are a fair number of Kenneth Grant's books.’
      • ‘For such a small shop, Mr. Carleton has a large selection and his boast is that he can get any book in print.’
      • ‘Perhaps there should be a petition to publishers that writers nominate books that ought to be back in print.’
      • ‘Is there a particular person whose opinion on a pedagogical issue you'd like to see in print?’
      • ‘Now all of Himes' books are back in print but Sallis still believes that they are misread.’
      • ‘Because this book makes such a valuable contribution to our understanding of this complex issue it is good to have it in print once again.’
      • ‘I need to persuade my Dad to dig that book out as I am pretty sure it is not in print or even available second hand.’
      published, printed, available in bookshops, obtainable in the shops, in circulation, on the market, on the shelves
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    • 2In printed or published form.

      ‘she did not live to see her work in print’
      • ‘Far too many online sites are not interactive and are just the archive of what was published in print.’
      • ‘There is a very special feeling that I had previously never experienced upon seeing my words in print and my name right there in ink on paper.’
      • ‘Storytelling on the Web has a different set of needs than storytelling in print.’
      • ‘It was a splendid and successful audition, but she would have to go to England to get her book in print.’
      • ‘Are you achieving your goals for press coverage, given what you've seen on the air and in print?’
      • ‘All this will mean some hard thinking about how we present the information we publish both in print and on the web.’
      • ‘The evidence provided is based on published material in print and in electronic format.’
      • ‘At his death, Wheatley had 50 books in print, and total sales were 41 million copies.’
      • ‘Getting a book like this in print was not easy and I was indeed lucky to find a brave publisher.’
      • ‘Her patience and her dedication to seeing those books in print have truly paid off.’
      printed, in black and white, on paper
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  • out of print

    • (of a book) no longer available from the publisher.

      ‘the title I want is out of print’
      • ‘There are quite a few books available, some old and out of print, some current.’
      • ‘It has been estimated that 99 percent of all the books ever published are out of print.’
      • ‘If a book is out of print, the publisher may grant permission to reproduce its entire text.’
      • ‘The book is out of print, but I've found copies used before, and I'm sure you can as well.’
      • ‘It is long out of print, though easily available on internet second-hand book sites.’
      • ‘That book is out of print at the current time, but available in many libraries.’
      • ‘Please note that books go out of print so quickly that often it is just a matter of months before a book is no longer available.’
      • ‘The book has rarely been out of print since its publication in 1953.’
      • ‘The book is out of print, but is available from the city's public libraries.’
      • ‘Seeing as it was going out of print, he has made the entire book available online.’
      no longer available, unavailable, unobtainable, o.p., no longer printed, no longer published, not on the market
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  • the printed word

    • Language or ideas as expressed in books, newspapers, or other publications, especially when contrasted with their expression in speech.

      ‘he understood the power of the printed word’
      • ‘By reusing cast-off books and old magazines, he is creating new art forms through recycling, but by destroying the contents of the books, he challenges the power of the printed word.’
      • ‘This article remained on the website for over 3 months, giving it longer exposure than the printed word in the newspaper.’
      • ‘Even Hollywood received a nod at the world's largest book fair in a special forum highlighting the symbiosis between the printed word and the movies.’
      • ‘He loved language and understood the immense power of the printed word.’
      • ‘For anyone who believed in the power of the printed word, it was an exhilarating moment.’
      • ‘Birkerts is a life-long lover of the printed word, as the title of his book implies, and he isn't liable to underestimate the effects of the displacement of the book's dominance in our culture by the electronic media.’
      • ‘Though his death has silenced his voice, his ideas and his commitment are still available to us through the printed word and the recording of his speeches.’
      • ‘Since the birth of the Internet, in particular, we have heard dire assessments of the future of the book and the printed word.’
      • ‘They know the power of the press, particularly the power of the printed word.’
      • ‘This tiny, isolated and economically declining town has been revived, not by a massive investment in jobs, the introduction of new industries or the mass migration of reluctant civil servants, but by the power of the printed word.’


Middle English (denoting the impression made by a stamp or seal): from Old French preinte pressed, feminine past participle of preindre, from Latin premere to press.