Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make a photographic reproduction of (printed or graphic material), especially by xerography.
  • n. A photographic or xerographic reproduction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A copy made using a photocopier.
  • v. To make a copy using a photocopier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A copy made by some photographic process, as of an architectural or mechanical drawing. A common form is the blue-print.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
  • v. reproduce by xerography

Etymologies

photo- +‎ copy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Marburger: What was the context that you've heard the term "photocopy" used in the Recorder's office?

    Boing Boing

  • But you have a general understanding that people have used the term "photocopy" within the Recorder's office in terms of something that could be done there; is that true?

    Boing Boing

  • Occasionally one has to read the text to figure out why the photocopy is an exvoto; for example, I have seen one exvoto which was the minutes of a meeting, during which the commission granted retirement to an employee.

    San Juan de Los Lagos: The Virgin, her basilica, her pilgrims, and their exvotos

  • The lawyer showed the AP what he called a photocopy of a doctors' diagnosis saying that Mladic was in a Serbian hospital between April 20 and July 18, 2009.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • The lawyer showed the AP what he called a photocopy of a doctors' diagnosis saying that Mladic was in a Serbia hospital between April 20 and July 18, 2009.

    The Seattle Times

  • The version they found for me (in photocopy form) is from one of Y.T. Ozaki’s collections of Japanese tales, a strange version in which the King of Dreams is a shadowy figure, barely mentioned, who appears to be some sort of dragon, and in which the central character is the Onmyoji, the Master of Yin-Yang.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • For years everyone called a photocopy a "xerox copy."

    Boing Boing: June 12, 2005 - June 18, 2005 Archives

  • Written on the photocopy was the statement, "you guys make me sick."

    Crime As A Political Tactic

  • I'm surprised (and maybe Xerox is, too, after all the money they spent) that people are using "xerox" with "photocopy" -- thereby rendering that famous trademark into generic-land.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • So that's what he did: He recorded this speech, then played back the recording to another sound recorder in the same room, then rerecorded that recording, making a copy of a copy. he ended up with what's now called the photocopy effect - when you keep copying a copy, the copy becomes distorted, you lose data and certain features become exaggerated.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

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