from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A film on which printed materials are photographed at greatly reduced size for ease of storage.
- n. A reproduction on this kind of film.
- transitive v. To reproduce (documents, for example) on microfilm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A continuous roll of film containing photographs of documents at a greatly reduced size
- v. To reproduce documents on such film
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a photographic film with one or more very small images of printed or other graphic matter. Numerous images, corresponding to the contents of a book, newspaper, or journal, are typically produced on one long roll of film, and may be viewed for reading in a special apparatus called a microfilm reader.
- transitive v. to photograph and produce images of on microfilm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. record on microfilm
- n. film on which materials are photographed at greatly reduced size; useful for storage; a magnification system is used to read the material
And these libraries do not even do a thorough job of checking that the microfilm is clear and legible, so entire issues are lost and can never be recovered, because the originals have already been turned to pulp.
Often the microfilm is worn out and no effort is made to improve the situation.
Common situations: Ten years ago, records of interest to genealogists were available primarily in microfilm format.
I'm buried in microfilm and old court records, and don't expect to emerge until after the conference.
The combination of optical projection and photographic reduction is already producing some results in microfilm for scholarly purposes, and the potentialities are highly suggestive.
I came down here to the Boulder library and ordered microfilm from the National Archives.
I tend to cringe and hold my tongue when I hear people say that digitization is bad for preservation because it makes people think we don't have to preserve the paper or microfilm, which is the only way to keep these cultural artifacts around for the long term.
But the Web site did show what kind of microfilm I needed.
The stepson attempted to cut off the head with a saw in order to find the "microfilm" in his stepfather's head.
Double Fold is an in-depth work and study on libraries and how the invention of the microfilm revolutionized the way many papers are kept.