serial printer

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A printer that prints one character at a time in the sequence in which they appear in the line of text. The sequence may be taken from left to right, or it may be in alternate directions for alternate lines thus avoiding an unproductive carriage-return movement. All serial printers have an arrangement in which a print head moves parallel to the paper and along the line to be printed. Note that the term serial printer refers to the method of printing and not to the connection, which may be serial or parallel.

Subjects: Computing.

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