1. A mark made by impression; a line, character, figure, or indentation, made by the pressure of one thing on another; as, the print of teeth or nails in flesh; the print of the foot in sand or snow.
Where print of human feet was never seen. --Dryden.
2. A stamp or die for molding or impressing an ornamental design upon an object; as, a butter print.
3. That which receives an impression, as from a stamp or mold; as, a print of butter.
4. Printed letters; the impression taken from type, as to excellence, form, size, etc.; as, small print; large print; this line is in print.
5. That which is produced by printing. Specifically: (a) An impression taken from anything, as from an engraved plate. “The prints which we see of antiquities.” --Dryden. (b) A printed publication, more especially a newspaper or other periodical. --Addison. (c) A printed cloth; a fabric figured by stamping, especially calico or cotton cloth. (d) A photographic copy, or positive picture, on prepared paper, as from a negative, or from a drawing on transparent paper.
6. Founding A core print. See under Core.
Blue print, a copy in white lines on a blue ground, of a drawing, plan, tracing, etc., or a positive picture in blue and white, from a negative, produced by photographic printing on peculiarly prepared paper.
In print. (a) In a printed form; issued from the press; published. --Shak. (b) To the letter; with accurateness. “All this I speak in print.” --Shak.
Out of print. See under Out.
Print works, a factory where cloth, as calico, is printed.
Print v. t. [imp. & p. p. Printed; p. pr. & vb. n. Printing.]
1. To fix or impress, as a stamp, mark, character, idea, etc., into or upon something.
A look will print a thought that never may remove. --Surrey.
Upon his breastplate he beholds a dint,
Which in that field young Edward's sword did print. --Sir John Beaumont.
Perhaps some footsteps printed in the clay. --Roscommon.
2. To stamp something in or upon; to make an impression or mark upon by pressure, or as by pressure.
Forth on his fiery steed betimes he rode,
That scarcely prints the turf on which he trod. --Dryden.
3. Specifically: 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); as, to print books, newspapers, pictures; to print an edition of a book.
4. To stamp or impress with colored figures or patterns; as, to print calico.
5. Photog. 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.
Printed goods, textile fabrics printed in patterns, especially cotton cloths, or calicoes.
Print, v. i.
1. To use or practice the art of typography; to take impressions of letters, figures, or electrotypes, engraved plates, or the like.
2. To publish a book or an article.
From the moment he prints, he must except to hear no more truth. --Pope.
n 1: the result of the printing process; "I want to see it in
black and white" [syn: black and white]
2: a picture or design printed from an engraving
3: a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous
reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw
prints were everywhere" [syn: mark]
4: a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version
5: a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by
6: a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
[syn: photographic print]
v 1: put into print; "The newspaper published the news of the
royal couple's divorce"; "These news should not be
printed" [syn: publish]
2: write as if with print; not cursive
3: make into a print; "print the negative"
4: reproduce by printing [syn: impress]