Definition of printing in English:

printing

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The production of books, newspapers, or other printed material.

    ‘the invention of printing’
    [as modifier] ‘the printing industry’
    • ‘Before the invention of printing, books were produced entirely by hand by a series of painters, calligraphers, and binders.’
    • ‘The actual process of printing by offset lithography is not new, but has been hugely refined in terms of quality and speed.’
    • ‘Modern photoprinters offer many output options, such as the ability to handle roll paper for banner printing and producing borderless prints.’
    • ‘Mass production in early printing, if it existed at all, just involved doing the same things faster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Satellite Newspapers' system downloaded newspapers to a kiosk for on-demand printing of newspapers.’
    • ‘This rather classy book boasts high-quality printing and color reproduction of individual Tino Hamid photographs.’
    • ‘The invention of printing had revolutionized the transmission of new ideas across Western Europe, including Protestant ideas.’
    • ‘The lecture was a medieval solution to book shortages before printing was invented.’
    • ‘Could the introduction of remote printing of distant newspapers resurrect the newsstand business?’
    • ‘This does not make it a cheap book, but the clarity of Luca Invernizzi Tettoni's photography and the high quality printing make the book an instant visual hit.’
    • ‘BP Colour was involved in high quality lithographic printing for marketing and graphic design companies.’
    • ‘This may be the most profound technological advance in music since Petrucci and the invention of musical printing.’
    • ‘Organic semiconductor production would do away with all of that and substitute a process that resembles the continuous-feed printing of a newspaper.’
    • ‘Nicholas V died in 1455, unaware of Johannes Gutenberg's invention of printing with moveable metal types in Mainz, Germany.’
    • ‘It was well over 100 years from the invention of printing to the appearance of the first newspapers.’
    • ‘The history of writing has been influenced by technological developments, such as the invention of paper and printing, and by increased literacy due to the expansion of formal education.’
    • ‘There is a lot to like about this book, including a clear layout, good printing, diagrams, paper and binding, and an extensive bibliography.’
    • ‘And, in tandem with that, we have changes in printing technology, which have enormously reduced the cost of printing and publishing, even in traditional book form.’
    • ‘Because of the quantities involved and the capital-intensive nature of the business, the early printing and publishing of books tended to be centralized.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A single impression of a book.
      ‘the second printing was ready just after Christmas’
      • ‘A microfiche edition of the first printings of Mathilde's works has recently been published by IDC in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘First is the editorial decision to replicate the original printings, complete with long walls of paragraphs and confusing punctuation.’
      • ‘That means my ‘series’ now has three different printings from two different publishers.’
      • ‘Although both books have been published in Britain, these 2003 printings by Airlife make them available in the United States for the first time.’
      • ‘The only suggestion this reviewer has is that the publisher consider a larger typeface in the next printing.’
      • ‘They're also all books that have been published in multiple printings for decades or longer by multiple publishers.’
      • ‘Its popularity (three printings the first three months, with three more the first year) made it the first theatrical script to sell well as a book in America.’
      • ‘Will new printings of traditional books be issued on demand, or printed in advance and warehoused?’
      • ‘A sufficiently high number of pre-orders would push the book into multiple printings early on and guarantee a high ranking.’
      • ‘Raymond Nelson's edition reproduces photographically the first printings of Tolson's three published volumes, along with thirty-four pages of uncollected poems that appeared in journals.’
      • ‘We usually buy our stock directly from publishers, sometimes being invited to share in special printings.’
      • ‘The book's success encouraged subsequent printings in 1858 and 1859.’
      • ‘In many commercial printings, overruns are part of the process.’
      • ‘Future printings will be corrected to address the error.’
      • ‘The book went through several printings and was obviously much-treasured by those who purchased it.’
      • ‘The book was popular with the public, rapidly selling through five printings.’
      • ‘These hard wood blocks were durable enough to withstand the thousands of printings necessary for magazines with national circulations.’
      • ‘Since its first appearance nearly half a century ago the book has gone through a number of printings and has deservedly maintained its popularity.’
      • ‘The book has been through 53 printings in its original American version and has been published in more than 50 countries.’
      • ‘Minor corrections were made between the first and second printings.’
    2. 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’
      • ‘I'm not sure how many years I received instruction, but I think cursive and printing might have been different years.’
      • ‘The printing was hurried and the cramped letters ran together as if Alec had been in a great hurry to get them on paper.’
      • ‘It was hard and white, and the printing on top was someone's flawless handwriting to ‘Mr. William Gale.’’
      • ‘Dr. Karimian testified that the printing in the statement of assets was not in his handwriting.’

Pronunciation:

printing

/ˈprɪntɪŋ/