microfilm

[mahy-kruh-film]
noun
1.
a film bearing a miniature photographic copy of printed or other graphic matter, usually of a document, newspaper or book pages, etc., made for a library, archive, or the like.
2.
a film, especially of motion-picture stock, on which microcopies are made.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make a microfilm of.

Origin:
1930–35; micro- + film

microfilmer, noun
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microfilm (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌfɪlm)
 
n
1.  a strip of film of standard width on which books, newspapers, documents, etc, can be recorded in miniaturized form
 
vb
2.  to photograph (a page, document, etc) on microfilm

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microfilm
1927, coined from micro- + film. The verb is first recorded 1940, from the noun.
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microfilm definition


A film on which miniature copies of documents are reproduced. Microfilm allows for very compact storage of books and documents.

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Example sentences
Most large libraries have copies, usually on microfilm, of newspapers from
  their regions.
Except that his was a mechanical implementation that used microfilm.
He wanted a way to index the microfilm so you could jump from one microfiche to
  another, and do cross-referencing and such.
And the bulk of the public record is no longer to be found in library stacks,
  dusty courthouse files, and microfilm rolls.
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