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impact printer[′im‚pakt ‚print·ər]
A line printer that has one or more character fonts, a ribbon or other inking device, a paper transport, and some means of impacting desired characters or character elements on the paper.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The earlier, noisier kind of printer where part of the mechanism comes into contact with the paper. The term would only be only used in contrast to "non-impact printer". Examples include line printer, daisy wheel printer, golf ball printer, dot matrix printer, Braille printer.
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impact printerA printer that uses a printing mechanism that bangs the character image into the ribbon and onto the paper. See printer for examples.
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