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printer

[prin-ter] /ˈprɪn tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that prints, especially a person whose occupation is printing.
2.
Computers. an output device that produces a paper copy of alphanumeric or graphic data.
3.
an instrument that automatically records telegraphic messages by means of a printing mechanism activated by incoming signals.
4.
Movies. a photographic machine through which either the negative or positive of a master print can be run, together with unexposed film, to make a duplicate.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; print + -er1
Related forms
printerlike, adjective
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  • It was also a means of commercial selfpromotion on the part of writers and printers.
  • Postcard printers have begun blocking a section off where the barcode will be placed.
British Dictionary definitions for printers

printer

/ˈprɪntə/
noun
1.
a person or business engaged in printing
2.
a machine or device that prints
3.
(computing) an output device for printing results on paper
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Word Origin and History for printers

printer

n.

c.1500, "person who prints books, etc.," agent noun from print (v.). As a mechanical device from 1859, originally in telegraphy. In the computer sense, from 1946. Printer's bible (c.1702) so called from mistaken substitution of printers for princes in Psalm cxix:161, which led to the misreading:

Printers have persecuted me without a cause.

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