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Tara2
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 3:20:41 PM

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What is the difference between "print" and "print out"?
"Think of printing out five million lines of code in book form."
FounDit
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 5:40:00 PM

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Tara2 wrote:
What is the difference between "print" and "print out"?
"Think of printing out five million lines of code in book form."


Both "print" and "out" can be used in many different idioms and collocations. In this example, there is little difference between them as you have them here. To "print" something such as code and to "print out" lines of code both have the same meaning — to print the code onto pieces of paper using a computer.

In your example, both are identical:

"Think of printing out five million lines of code in book form."

"You could print five million lines of code in book form."

"You could print out five million lines of code in book form."
leonAzul
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 6:34:30 PM

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Tara2 wrote:
What is the difference between "print" and "print out"?
"Think of printing out five million lines of code in book form."



In the context of computers and programming languages, the word "print" has a special, reserved meaning as a command that collects all output from the process and directs it to a designated stream. This typically would be the display (screen), another process, or another machine, the defaults occurring in that order.

A "print out" explicitly directs the text to a printer that creates a "hard copy" on paper.
Jagadeesh Bangalore
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:49:39 AM

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I observe that the word "Print" also has another meaning - particularly in the context of filling out a form (or even making notes) -
"To write (hand-write) in CAPITALS"
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Tara2
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:19:30 AM

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Thank you all so much!
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