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PRINTER (printer)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does printer mean? 

PRINTER (noun)
  The noun PRINTER has 3 senses:

1. someone whose occupation is printing
2. (computer science) an output device that prints the results of data processing
3. a machine that prints

  Familiarity information: PRINTER used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PRINTER (noun)

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Someone whose occupation is printing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


pressman; printer

Hypernyms ("printer" is a kind of...):

skilled worker; skilled workman; trained worker (a worker who has acquired special skills)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "printer"):

compositor; setter; typesetter; typographer (one who sets written material into type)

proofreader; reader (someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections)

Instance hyponyms:

Bodoni; Gianbattista Bodoni (Italian printer who designed the Bodoni font (1740-1813))

Bradford; William Bradford (United States printer (born in England) whose press produced the first American prayer book and the New York City's first newspaper (1663-1752))

Caxton; William Caxton (English printer who in 1474 printed the first book in English (1422-1491))

Benjamin Franklin; Franklin (printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790))

Frederic Goudy; Frederic William Goudy; Goudy (United States printer noted for designing typefaces (1865-1947))

Gutenberg; Johann Gutenberg; Johannes Gutenberg (German printer who was the first in Europe to print using movable type and the first to use a press (1400-1468))

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(computer science) an output device that prints the results of data processing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("printer" is a kind of...):

computer peripheral; peripheral; peripheral device ((computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "printer"):

dot matrix printer; dot printer; matrix printer (a printer that represents each character as a pattern of dots from a dot matrix)

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A machine that prints

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


printing machine; printer

Hypernyms ("printer" is a kind of...):

machine (any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "printer"):

addressing machine; Addressograph (a printer that automatically prints addresses on letters for mailing)

character printer; character-at-a-time printer; serial printer (a printer that prints a single character at a time)

electrostatic printer (a printer that uses an electric charge to deposit toner on paper)

impact printer (a printer that prints by mechanical impacts)

line printer; line-at-a-time printer (printer that serves as an output device on a computer; prints a whole line of characters at a time)

page printer; page-at-a-time printer (a printer that prints one page at a time)

thermal printer (a printer that produces characters by applying heat to special paper that is sensitive to heat)

typesetting machine (a printer that sets textual material in type)

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