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[foh-tuh-kop-ee-er] /ˈfoʊ təˌkɒp i ər/
any electrically operated machine using a photographic method, as the electrostatic process, for making instant copies of written, drawn, or printed material.
Also called copier, copy machine, photocopying machine.
Origin of photocopier
1930-35; photo- + copier Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for photocopier
  • The hotel has a swimming pool, an exercise center and a business center with complimentary use of a fax machine and a photocopier.
  • Guests have access to a photocopier, fax machine, computer and printer.
  • No more ambling down to the library, searching through the musty stacks and queuing up for the photocopier.
  • But this would have been little more than a photocopier with re-usable paper-an idea that had been tried before and had failed.
  • For example, heavy use of a photocopier may wear down the printhead, which applies ink to the final copy.
  • At the end of the lease the photocopier will revert back to the lessor.
  • Members of the bar and the public may use the coin-operated photocopier located on the main floor of the library.
  • For the convenience of the researcher, a workstation and a self-service photocopier are available.
  • The inmate shall bear the cost of duplication at the same price per copy as the inmate access photocopier.
  • Turn off photocopier at night or purchase a new copier with low standby feature.
British Dictionary definitions for photocopier


an instrument using light-sensitive photographic materials to reproduce written, printed, or graphic work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for photocopier

1934, agent noun from photocopy (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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