from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something printed and often distributed in partial or preliminary form in advance of official publication: a preprint of a scientific article.
  • transitive v. To print in advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A preliminary form of a scientific paper that has not yet been published in a journal.
  • v. To print in advance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is printed in advance; an early issue, as of a paper that is to be published in a journal or as one of a series.


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  • See also Wikipedia's article, which gives some cultural context.

    June 23, 2011