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

  • n. A machine employing a glycerin-coated layer of gelatin in order to make copies of typed or written material.
  • transitive v. To copy by means of a hectograph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old printing process that involves transfer of an original, prepared with special inks, to a pan of gelatin or a gelatin pad pulled tight on a metal frame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivance for multiple copying, by means of a surface of gelatin softened with glycerin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To copy by means of a hectograph.
  • n. A copying process in which the writing or drawing to be copied is made on smooth paper in aniline ink, and is then pressed upon a slab coated with gelatin, to which a part of the ink is thus transferred, and from which a number of duplicate impressions can be made; also, the special appliances, collectively, by means of which this is done. Also spelled hektograph.

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

  • n. duplicator consisting of a gelatin plate from which ink can be taken to make a copy
  • v. copy on a duplicator


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  • My brother quickly decided the hectograph was a pain in the butt.

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  • The hectograph is a device for making copies of written work.

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  • During the Rag’s first year, the print was purple—those issues were produced on a flat plate of jelly called a hectograph.

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  • Some seventy issues were published, the first of which were duplicated by hectograph in 1919 – 1921.

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  • We were able to put together in two nights what had previously taken a week with the hectograph, and while the drum-press was messy, it did not look infected with a potentially fatal disease.

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  • In 1903, at the age of sixteen, in an obscure Lithuanian shtetl, Sidney Hillman, the son of poor, Yiddish-speaking parents, joined the Bund, the Jewish socialist movement of Russia and Poland, taking as a first assignment the smuggling of his local group's hectograph from one hiding place to another.

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  • You can have students make this, or you can produce it with a hectograph or cyclostyle or other copying device.

    Chapter 4

  • Reproducing the charts that follow on a hectograph or similar device may be useful.

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  • Lay a sheet of unglazed paper on the hectograph, rub it carefully, and take off at once.

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  • Lay the written side of the sheet on the hectograph and rub it carefully over its whole surface with a soft cloth, so that every particle of the writing comes in contact with the surface of the hectograph.

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