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[mahy-kruh-film] /ˈmaɪ krəˌfɪlm/
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.
a film, especially of motion-picture stock, on which microcopies are made.
verb (used with object)
to make a microfilm of.
Origin of microfilm
1930-35; micro- + film
Related forms
microfilmer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for microfilm
  • 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.
  • There are groups who store a lot of stuff on microfilm.
  • Main page for information about collections of various newspapers in print and on microfilm.
  • Then bring this information to a facility that has the census microfilm.
British Dictionary definitions for microfilm


a strip of film of standard width on which books, newspapers, documents, etc, can be recorded in miniaturized form
to photograph (a page, document, etc) on microfilm
See also microfiche
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Word Origin and History for microfilm

1927, coined from micro- + film (n.). The verb is first recorded 1940, from the noun. Related: Microfilmed; microfilming.

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microfilm in Culture

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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