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

  • n. A mark or impression made in or on a surface by pressure: the print of footsteps in the sand. See Synonyms at impression.
  • n. A device or implement, such as a stamp, die, or seal, used to press markings onto or into a surface.
  • n. Something formed or marked by such a device.
  • n. Lettering or other impressions produced in ink as from type by a printing press or from digital fonts by an electronic printer.
  • n. Matter so produced; printed material.
  • n. Printed state or form.
  • n. A printed publication, such as a magazine or newspaper.
  • n. Printed matter.
  • n. A design or picture transferred from an engraved plate, wood block, lithographic stone, or other medium.
  • n. A photographic image transferred to paper or a similar surface, usually from a negative.
  • n. A copy of a film or movie made from a negative.
  • n. A fabric or garment with a dyed pattern that has been pressed onto it, usually by engraved rollers.
  • n. The pattern itself.
  • transitive v. To press (a mark or design, for example) onto or into a surface.
  • transitive v. To make an impression on or in (a surface) with a device such as a stamp, seal, or die.
  • transitive v. To press (a stamp or similar device) onto or into a surface to leave a marking.
  • transitive v. To produce by means of pressed type, an electronic printer, or similar means, on a paper surface.
  • transitive v. To offer in printed form; publish.
  • transitive v. To write (something) in characters similar to those commonly used in print.
  • transitive v. To impress firmly in the mind or memory.
  • transitive v. To produce a photographic image from (a negative, for example) by passing light through film onto a photosensitive surface, especially sensitized paper.
  • intransitive v. To work as a printer.
  • intransitive v. To produce printed material.
  • intransitive v. To produce something in printed form by means of a printing press or other reproduction process.
  • intransitive v. To write characters similar to those commonly used in print.
  • intransitive v. To produce or receive an impression, marking, or image.
  • adj. Of, relating to, writing for, or constituting printed publications: a print journalist; print coverage.
  • idiom in print In printed or published form: denials that were to be found in print.
  • idiom in print Offered for sale by a publisher: books that are still in print.
  • idiom out of print No longer offered for sale by a publisher: books that are out of print.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or writing for printed publications.
  • v. To copy something onto a surface, especially by machine.
  • v. To write very clearly, especially, to write without connecting the letters as in cursive.
  • v. To publish in a book, newspaper, etc.
  • n. Books and other material created by printing presses, considered collectively or as a medium.
  • n. Clear handwriting, especially, writing without connected letters as in cursive.
  • n. The letters forming the text of a document.
  • n. A visible impression on a surface.
  • n. A fingerprint.
  • n. A footprint.
  • n. A picture that was created in multiple copies by printing.
  • n. A photograph that has been printed onto paper from the negative.
  • n. A copy of a film that can be projected.
  • n. Cloth that has had a pattern of dye printed onto it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark made by impression; a line, character, figure, or indentation, made by the pressure of one thing on another
  • n. A stamp or die for molding or impressing an ornamental design upon an object.
  • n. That which receives an impression, as from a stamp or mold.
  • n. Printed letters; the impression taken from type, as to excellence, form, size, etc.
  • n. That which is produced by printing.
  • n. An impression taken from anything, as from an engraved plate.
  • n. A printed publication, more especially a newspaper or other periodical.
  • n. A printed cloth; a fabric figured by stamping, especially calico or cotton cloth.
  • n. A photographic copy, or positive picture, on prepared paper, as from a negative, or from a drawing on transparent paper.
  • n. A core print. See under Core.
  • intransitive v. To use or practice the art of typography; to take impressions of letters, figures, or electrotypes, engraved plates, or the like.
  • intransitive v. To publish a book or an article.
  • transitive v. To fix or impress, as a stamp, mark, character, idea, etc., into or upon something.
  • transitive v. To stamp something in or upon; to make an impression or mark upon by pressure, or as by pressure.
  • transitive v. To strike off an impression or impressions of, from type, or from stereotype, electrotype, or engraved plates, or the like; in a wider sense, to do the typesetting, presswork, etc., of (a book or other publication)
  • transitive v. To stamp or impress with colored figures or patterns.
  • transitive v. To take (a copy, a positive picture, etc.), from a negative, a transparent drawing, or the like, by the action of light upon a sensitized surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press upon or into (something); impress; imprint.
  • To mark by pressing something upon; leave an imprint upon; as, to print butter.
  • To make or form by pressure or impression of any kind; fashion or shape out by stamping, indentation, or delineation in general.
  • Specifically To stamp by direct pressure, as from the face of types, plates, or blocks covered with ink or pigments; impress with transferred characters or delineations by the exertion of force, as with a press or some other mechanical agency: as, to print a ream of paper; to print calico; to print pottery.
  • To copy by pressure; take an impression or impressions from or of. as, to print a form of type; to print an engraved plate or block; to print a pattern on paper, or on calico or some other fabric.
  • To make a copy or copies of by impression; produce by or issue from the press; put into print, as for publication: as, to print a book or a newspaper, an essay or a sermon; to print a picture.
  • To cause to be printed; obtain the printing or publication of; publish.
  • To form letters; write.
  • To form by imitation of printed characters; write in the style of print: as, the child has learned to print the letters of the alphabet.
  • To record, describe, or characterize in print as.
  • In photography: To make a positive picture from (a negative) by contact.
  • To produce, as a positive from a negative, by transmitted light, as by the agency of a lens in an enlarging-camera.
  • To use or practise the art of taking impressions in a press.
  • To produce books or any form of printed work by means of a press; specifically, to publish books or writings.
  • To form imitations of printed characters; write in the style of print: as, the child can print, but has not learned to write yet.
  • Clear and bright.
  • n. A mark made by impression; any line, character, figure, or indentation made by the pressure of one body or thing on another; hence, figuratively, a mark, vestige, or impression of any kind; a stamp.
  • n. Printed matter for reading; the state of being printed; character or style of printing, or size of the printed letters: as, to put a work into print; clear or blurred print.
  • n. An imprint; an edition.
  • n. A printed publication, more especially a newspaper or other periodical.
  • n. A printed picture or design; an impression from engraved wood or metal taken in ink or other colored medium upon paper or any other suitable material.
  • n. Printed calico; a piece or length of cotton cloth stamped with designs: as, striped, black, colored, or figured prints.
  • n. An impression of something having comparatively slight relief, such as to reproduce in reverse all the parts of the original. Hence, by extension
  • n. A cast or impression from such a first impression, which reproduces exactly the original.
  • n. A pattern or device produced by stamping, as upon the surface of a piece of plate; hence, apparently by extension, the boss at the bottom of mazers and other vessels of the middle ages or later times, upon which are engraved or otherwise represented the arms of the owner or donor, or some other device.
  • n. Something bearing a figure or design to be impressed by stamping; a figured stamp: as, a butter-print.
  • n. In photography, a positive picture made from a negative.
  • n. In stock: said of a book of which copies can be had of the publisher. Compare out of print.
  • n. In a formal method; with exactness; in a precise and perfect manner; to perfection.
  • n. In founding: A core-print; a projection on the pattern which leaves a recess in the sand in which to rest the end of the core for a hollow casting.
  • n. The impression left in the sand by a projecting part of the pattern, in which the end of the core is to rest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a visible indication made on a surface
  • n. a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
  • n. availability in printed form
  • v. make into a print
  • v. put into print
  • v. write as if with print; not cursive
  • n. a picture or design printed from an engraving
  • n. the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication
  • n. a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version of it)
  • n. a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by engraved rollers)
  • v. reproduce by printing


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

Middle English preinte, from Old French, from feminine past participle of preindre, to press, alteration of prembre, from Latin premere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French preinte, the feminine past participle of preindre ("to press"), itself from Latin premere ("top press").



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