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hard copy

copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
copy that is finished and ready for the printer.
1885-90, Americanism
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hard-copy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hardcopy
  • Students could buy the digital version of the book or pay more for the usual hardcopy version.
  • No bulky program, no pen and notepad, no hardcopy of my presentations.
  • Stamps of approval were not rubber stamped on hardcopy.
  • hardcopy books get transferred often, even if there is no commercial transaction occurring.
  • We offer some of these products as a download only, while others are available in hardcopy as well.
British Dictionary definitions for hardcopy

hard copy

computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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Slang definitions & phrases for hardcopy

hard copy

noun phrase

A printed copy of a computer document; printout: Millie, can you give me a hard copy of that? (1964+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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hardcopy in Technology

A paper printout of data displayed on a screen.
Contrast softcopy.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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