print

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun characters made in ink on a surface
  • verb to put letters characters in ink on a surface

Commerce

  • noun words made (on paper) with a machine
  • verb to make letters on paper with a machine
  • verb to write by hand using letters that are separated by space

Computing

  • noun characters made in ink on paper
  • verb to put letters or figures in ink on paper

Electronics

  • The markings, such as text and graphics, a printer makes when providing its output. Also, a command to produce said output.
  • Any letters, symbols, or the like presented on paper, plastic, or another medium which allows for reading or other interpretation. Also, to produce said marking.
  • A design or pattern transferred from one medium to another, as in photolithography. Also, to produce such designs or patterns.
  • A photographic image transferred from a negative, or via another means. Also, to produce such an image.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to produce a book, magazine, newspaper or leaflet by a mechanical process

Marketing

  • noun the action of marking letters or pictures on paper by a machine, and so producing a book, leaflet, newspaper, etc.

Media Studies

  • adjective produced by or relating to the published media
  • noun the state of being in a printed form or being published
  • noun a photograph, usually on paper, made from a negative
  • verb to publish information or a publication
  • verb to make a positive image or copy of a photograph or film from a negative
  • verb to make a copy, document, or publication using a printing press or a computer printer

Publishing

  • noun a printed copy of an etching, etc., made from a film or plate
  • noun a positive photographic image in which black is black and white is white.

Origin & History of “print”

Latin premere meant ‘press’ (its past participial stem press- underlies English press). It passed into Old French as preindre, whose past participle formed the basis of a noun preinte ‘impression, impressed mark’ – source of English print. The verb first used for the activity of ‘printing books’ was the derived imprint (14th c.) (‘Because this said book is full of wholesome wisdom … I have purposed to imprint it’, William Caxton, Game and play of the Chess 1474), but print soon followed at the beginning of the 16th century.
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