photocopying

photocopy

[foh-tuh-kop-ee]
noun, plural photocopies.
1.
a photographic reproduction of a document, print, or the like.
verb (used with object), photocopied, photocopying.
2.
to reproduce (a document, print, or the like) photographically.

Origin:
1920–25; photo- + copy

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photocopy (ˈfəʊtəʊˌkɒpɪ)
 
n , pl -copies
1.  See also microcopy a photographic reproduction of written, printed, or graphic work
 
vb , -copies, -copies, -copying, -copied
2.  to reproduce (written, printed, or graphic work) on photographic material

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photocopy
1924 in the sense of "make a photographic reproduction," from photo- "light" + copy (q.v.). The usual modern meaning arose 1942 with the advent of xerography. The noun is recorded from 1934. Photostat (1911) was a type of copying machine (trademark Commercial Camera Company, Providence, R.I.) whose name
became a generic noun and verb (1914) for "photocopy."
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