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

  • n. A document printed from a printing device, especially one using continuously fed paper.

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  • n. A hard copy of a program or data set, printed on paper.

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

  • n. the output of a computer in printed form


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From print + out or, possibly, output


  • The "certification of birth" Obama produced is simply a printout from a computer database, printed on fancy paper the day it is requested.

    Palin defends Obama birth certificate inquiries

  • The "certification of birth" Obama provided – a printout from a computer on fancy paper the day it was requested – is not the same as a birth certificate (made at the birth, with the signature and embossed seal) and would NOT provide the proof needed to obtain a security clearance which is held by one in thirty Americans.

    Palin defends Obama birth certificate inquiries

  • ONE HOUR LATER, I'm finally handed a copy of a printout from a computer, which must have taken all of 10 minutes to make.

    A Team of One

  • I remember storming home to my mother with the printout from the library in hand, demanding to know why they hadn†™ t renamed the swimming hole after me, why people weren†™ t remembering my name instead of some dumb kid from ancient times who probably didn†™ t even care about swimming or diving or the Olympics.

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  • The average investor is not getting Warren Buffett to look at his portfolio; he’s getting a printout from a computer model.

    Why I Fired My Broker

  • So, can you then imagine one such person talking to a peer and coming to the swift realisation that that person, not only wouldn’t recognise a fragment of C++ code if it appeared in printout in front of them, but that they don’t think they need to!

    2009 October — Fusion Despatches

  • But these can carry a hidden problem: in some localities, voting machines stamp a bar code on the paper record, and it is the bar code, not the human-readable portion of the printout, that is the official record of each individual's vote.

    Paper Trails That Lead Nowhere

  • And as best I can tell, Frank, everyone on the printout is a contributor or ` friend 'of the political party not currently in power.


  • The printout was a computer-generated cacophony of dots that seemed for the most part to show nothing but random noise, as though a convention of ants had walked across the pages for hours.

    The Sum of all Fears

  • The news media obediently published the politician's press releases, probably because he claimed that the computer printout, which is sent to all the labs, was a secret document, and because he talked to a few people and called it research.

    Health Care in a New Society


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