Matrix Printer Definition/Meaning:
A printer that forms the character or shape to be printed from an
array of dots. The dots can be formed on
paper by a stylus impacting an inked ribbon, by separate drops of ink ejected
from a nozzle, or by one of the other nonimpact technologies in which dots are
formed by changing the color of the media by heating (thermal printer), etching
or burning (electrosensitive printer) or by ink adhering to an electric charge
or magnetic pole pattern (electrographic and magnetographic printers).
A significant advantage of matrix printers over solid-font printers is the
ability to accommodate a very large repertoire of character shapes and styles
and also to print the ideograms of oriental languages and script characters of
Arabic. Diagrams and pictures can also be reproduced. When the term is used in
reference to a single type of printer it generally means an impact printer or
dot matrix printer.