Meaning of “printing press” in the English Dictionary

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"printing press" in British English

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printing pressnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprɪn.tɪŋ ˌpres/ us /ˈprɪn.t̬ɪŋ ˌpres/

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  • Before the printing press, new ideas could not travel easily around the world. 
  • By the year 1500, many cities in Europe had a printing press. 
  • He called his machine a printing press. 
  • The printing press used metal letters, ink, and paper. 

(Definition of “printing press” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"printing press" in American English

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printing pressnoun [ C ]

us /ˈprɪn·tɪŋ ˌpres/

a machine that prints text or images, esp. to produce books, magazines, and newspapers

(Definition of “printing press” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"printing press" in Business English

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printing pressnoun [ C ]

uk us COMMUNICATIONS, PRODUCTION

a machine that prints books, newspapers, or magazines:

Our printing presses have the capacity to handle large quantities of high-quality printing for our customers.

(Definition of “printing press” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)