Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A greatly reduced photographic copy, usually reproduced by projection.

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  • noun A photocopy that is greatly reduced in size

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  • verb photocopy printed or other graphic matter so that it is reduced in size

Etymologies

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micro- +‎ copy

Examples

  • Positronic brains had the standard Three Laws of Robotics burned into them, not once, but millions of times, each microcopy of the Laws standing guard to prevent any violation.

    Roger MacBride

  • He put the microcopy in an enlarger, and carried the enlarged print with him to the conveyer room.

    Time Crime

  • Vall pressed a lever under his screen, and a rectangle of microcopy print popped out.

    Time Crime

  • Write great microcopy that answers questions before a user has time to consider navigating away

    Carsonified

  • It's also a perplexing balancing act between designing for conversion "the dough" and employing some conventions (e.g. not hyperlinking logos back to the app's main home page, stock photography, microcopy, offers, etc.) that feel more trickster-like "the spam."

    Carsonified

  • Fiddly pull-downs, peculiar microcopy, trillions of steps, and minimal transparency.

    Carsonified » Blog

  • Methodist has invested in high resolution microcopy that can see at nanometer, rather than millimeter resolution, including a confocal laser scanning microscope, a Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscope, and an in vivo multi-photon laser scanning microscope.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • Fiddly pull-downs, peculiar microcopy, trillions of steps, and minimal transparency.

    Carsonified » Blog

  • Methodist has invested in high resolution microcopy that can see at nanometer, rather than millimeter resolution, including a confocal laser scanning microscope, a Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscope, and an in vivo multi-photon laser scanning microscope.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Tightened up copy again (I don't think you can do this enough, and recommend that you revisit microcopy again and again when in the design phase)

    Carsonified

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  • "Microcopy is small yet powerful copy. It’s fast, light, and deadly. It’s a short sentence, a phrase, a few words. A single word. It’s the small copy that has the biggest impact. Don’t judge it on its size…judge it on its effectiveness." --Joshua Porter

    June 9, 2009