To make a photographic reproduction of printed or graphicmaterial, especially by xerography. This is the most common contemporary method of making inexpensive photo images on paper. Photocopy machines are commonly sited in schools, libraries, businesses, etc. Also, a piece of such photographic or xerographic reproduction. Other photographic means of reproduction include blueprinting, facsimile, microfilming, and photostats. see thumbnail to rightWe are S H O C K E D : a Teddy Bear caught in the act of mooning a photocopier.

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  • photocopy — pho‧to‧cop‧y [ˈfəʊtəʊˌkɒpi ǁ ˈfoʊtəˌkɑːpi] noun photocopies PLURALFORM [countable] a photographic copy of a document etc, made using a photocopier: • He made a photocopy of the letter which he sent to a solicitor. photocopy verb [transitive] : •… …   Financial and business terms

  • photocopy — (v.) 1924 in the sense of make a photographic reproduction, from PHOTO (Cf. photo ) light + COPY (Cf. copy) (v.). The usual modern meaning arose 1942 with the advent of xerography. The noun is recorded from 1934. Photostat (1911) was a type of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • photocopy — ► NOUN (pl. photocopies) ▪ a photographic copy of something produced by a process involving the action of light on a specially prepared surface. ► VERB (photocopies, photocopied) ▪ make a photocopy of. DERIVATIVES photocopiable adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • photocopy — [fōt′ō käp΄ē] n. pl. photocopies a copy of printed or other graphic material made by a device (photocopier) which photographically reproduces the original vt. photocopied, photocopying to make a photocopy of …   English World dictionary

  • photocopy — [n/v] mechanical image produced from a copier; making the image copy, duplicate, reproduce, stat, velox, Xerox; concept 269 …   New thesaurus

  • photocopy — I UK [ˈfəʊtəˌkɒpɪ] / US [ˈfoʊtoʊˌkɑpɪ] noun [countable] Word forms photocopy : singular photocopy plural photocopies a copy made by a photocopier II UK [ˈfəʊtəˌkɒpɪ] / US [ˈfoʊtoʊˌkɑpɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms photocopy : present tense… …   English dictionary

  • photocopy — I. noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1909 a copy of usually printed material made with a process in which an image is formed by the action of light usually on an electrically charged surface II. verb Date: 1944… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • photocopy — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ black and white, colour/color VERB + PHOTOCOPY ▪ do (informal), make, take (BrE) ▪ Could you make a photocopy of this letter f …   Collocations dictionary

  • photocopy — n. to make a photocopy * * * [ fəʊtəˌkɒpɪ] to make a photocopy …   Combinatory dictionary

  • photocopy — pho|to|cop|y1 [ˈfəutəuˌkɔpi US ˈfoutəˌka:pi] n plural photocopies a photographic copy, especially of something printed, written, or drawn ▪ I sent him the original document, not a photocopy. photocopy 2 photocopy2 past tense and past participle… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • photocopy — [[t]fo͟ʊtoʊkɒpi[/t]] photocopies, photocopying, photocopied 1) N COUNT A photocopy is a copy of a document made using a photocopier. 2) VERB If you photocopy a document, you make a copy of it using a photocopier. [V n] Staff photocopied the… …   English dictionary

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