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

  • A trademark used for a photographic device for making positive or negative copies of graphic matter. This trademark often occurs in lowercase in print referring to the copies themselves: "denying into evidence photostats produced of insurance claims filed for stolen property” ( United States Law Week).

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  • n. a duplicating machine that makes quick positive or negative copies directly on the surface of prepared paper
  • v. make a copy by means of a Photostat device
  • n. a photocopy made on a Photostat machine


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  • Now in his possession were Photostat copies of the pages that had been burnt in the morning room fireplace: The bold, heavily leaded

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  • Photostat machines, which were introduced in the early 1900s and which make copies photographically on sensitized paper, were much too expensive for ordinary office use.

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  • (Photostat copies of correspondence between Byagwa and IBM were included.)


  • A Photostat copy can be made and placed in the other file until the true sex can be determined.

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  • I sent him very detailed color notes in the beginning, and the only detailed notes I sent him after that were for the covers - I'd just color a Photostat and send it to him.

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  • Photostat of eastern sector of original map of the McMahon line with signatures and seals of Tibetan and British plenipotentiaries, Delhi 24 March 1914.

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  • Eddy assured him that the Library would be willing to make Photostat copies of the material and return the originals to the family. -

  • Even now, reading the Photostat of the report, a report that he himself signed, an admittance of guilt, Charlie felt an irrational desire to track down all three bastards and claw their eyes out, sinking his fingers deep into their eye sockets, pushing until he felt the sponge of brain.

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  • There was even a blurry Photostat of a report written by Mrs. Edgar that led to his one-week suspension from the tenth grade, the result of an incident that involved money stolen from Mrs. Edgar’s desk drawer, over one hundred dollars from the Drama Club candy sale.

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  • Photostat and off-set printing machine operators have the same kind of strategic bargaining power. "

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