Meaning of PRINT in English

I. ˈprint noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English printe, prente, preinte, from Old French preinte, from preint, past participle of preindre to press, from Latin premere — more at press



(1) : a mark made by impression : a line, character, figure, or indentation made by the pressure of one thing on another

sealed with a print of his thumb in soft wax

the delicate prints of a squirrel in snow

(2) : a mental impression : imprint

these sorrows left their print on his spirit

b. obsolete : vestige

c. : something impressed with a print or formed in a mold

obtained an accurate plaster print of the convolutions of the skull

a print of butter

d. : an intaglio impression reproducing in reverse an original having somewhat slight relief ; also : a cast or impression in relief taken from such an intaglio

e. : core print

f. : tracing 2c

2. : a device or instrument (as a stamp, die, or mold) for impressing or forming a print


a. : printed state or form

to see his name in print

put a poem into print

b. : the printing craft or industry

wise in the ways of print

c. : type

set it up in print



(1) : printed matter ; especially : a printed publication

(2) prints plural : printed papers or cards (as newspapers, pamphlets, sheet music, address cards, printing proofs, engravings) of the specifications set forth in United States postal regulations

b. : newsprint

5. : printed letters : printed matter with regard to quality, size, or form

clear print

large print

small print


a. : a copy made by any printing process

color prints

sporting prints


(1) : a reproduction of an original painting or other work of art obtained usually by a photomechanical process

(2) : an artistic work sometimes with accompanying text published on a page of not more than four folds in a periodical or separately to advertise merchandise and entitled to copyright registration under English copyright law

c. : cloth with a pattern or figured design applied by printing

d. : a product of the silk-screen process


(1) : a photographic copy made on a sensitized surface (as from a negative or from a drawing on transparent paper)

(2) : a photographic negative made from a positive, a negative made from a negative, or a positive made from a positive

(3) : a developed motion picture-film containing positive images as printed from a negative

7. : something (as a dress) made of a print fabric

ruffled prints for your kitchen windows

- in print

- out of print

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English printen, prenten, from printe, prente print

transitive verb


a. : to make an impression in or upon : mark with a print

two small light feet that barely printed the soft soil

fresh butter worked, salted, and printed

b. : to cause (as a mark) to be stamped : make (an impression or mark) by or as if by pressure

print his seal in wax

c. : to apply pressure with (as a stamp of the foot) so as to leave an impression


a. : to make a copy of by impressing paper against an inked printing surface or by an analogous method

printing columned pages

print bank notes

— often used with up

b. : to perform or cause to be performed all or some of the operations necessary to the production of (as a publication, a piece of printed matter, a picture)

print greeting cards

print an edition of a newspaper

c. : to impress (as wallpaper or cloth) with a design or pattern

print cloth with linoleum blocks

this air-dried tub-sized paper is easy to print — Graphic Arts Monthly

: impress (a pattern or design) on something

printed gay foliage on sheer linen

d. : to publish in print

“all the news that's fit to print ” — New York Times

3. : to form manually in unjoined characters resembling those of ordinary type

print the name and address clearly


a. : to make (a positive picture) on sensitized photographic paper, film, plate, or other material from a negative or a positive

b. : to make (a negative) from a negative or a positive

intransitive verb


a. : to use or practice the art of typography : work as a printer

b. : to produce printed matter

the new rotary press prints very rapidly

c. : to make a printed copy

badly worn type prints poorly

d. : to be susceptible of printing

this paper prints badly

2. archaic : publish ; especially : to publish an article or a book

3. : to write or hand-letter in imitation of unjoined printed characters

4. of a firearm or a bullet : to puncture a paper target

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.