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impact printer

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n. ~ A technology to print characters or graphics by using a hard surface to strike a ribbon containing a pigment or dye against the printing surface.

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Typewriters are examples of impact printers, but the phrase is generally used to describe computer printers that use similar technology. The device may form characters from a pattern of dots created using small pins (dot matrix) or by using a mechanism that contains fully formed characters (for example, a daisy wheel).