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

  • n. A duplicate, as of a letter, made by using carbon paper.
  • n. A person or thing that closely resembles another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A copy produced in an alternated stack of ordinary sheets of paper and carbon papers. The pression applied on the top sheet (by a pen or typewriter) causes every carbon paper to release its carbon cover, thus reproducing the writing on the subjacent layers of paper.
  • n. Any duplicate.
  • v. To create a carbon copy of.
  • v. make a copy for, send a duplicate to, cc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. originally, a copy of a document made by use of a carbon paper, but now used generally to refer to any copy of a document made by a mechanical process, such as xerographic copying.

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

  • n. a copy made with carbon paper


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  • I don't miss this stuff at all, though. Always made one's fingers black (or blue).

    August 20, 2007

  • Apparently you can still buy carbon paper; if I rummaged enough, I probably would find some at home.

    August 12, 2007

  • I'll bet you can't even buy 'em, or find 'em outside of a museum!

    August 12, 2007

  • What? Never made a carbon copy? What?

    August 12, 2007

  • I'll bet you've never made one, Slumry! I have! :^D

    August 12, 2007