pre copy

copy

[kop-ee]
noun, plural copies for 1, 2, 7, 9.
1.
an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original: a copy of a famous painting.
2.
one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.
3.
written matter intended to be reproduced in printed form: The editor sent the copy for the next issue to the printer.
4.
the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, etc., as distinguished from related visual material.
5.
the newsworthiness of a person, thing, or event (often preceded by good or bad ): The president is always good copy. Compare news ( def 4 ).
6.
Computers. an exact duplicate of a file, program, etc.: Keep a backup copy of the document.
7.
Genetics. replication ( def 7 ).
8.
Printing. pictures and artwork prepared for reproduction.
9.
British Informal. (in schools) a composition; a written assignment.
10.
British. a size of drawing or writing paper, 16 × 20 inches (40 × 50 cm).
11.
Archaic. something that is to be reproduced; an example or pattern, as of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.
verb (used with object), copied, copying.
12.
to make a copy of; transcribe; reproduce: to copy a set of figures from a book.
13.
to receive and understand (a radio message or its sender).
14.
to follow as a pattern or model; imitate.
15.
Computers. to make an exact duplicate of (a file, selected text, etc.) and store in another location or in temporary memory: Can I copy the program to another computer? Copy the selected paragraph to the clipboard. Compare cut ( def 24 ), paste ( def 13 ).
verb (used without object), copied, copying.
16.
to make a copy or copies.
17.
to undergo copying: It copied poorly. I can't install the program—one file won't copy.
18.
to hear or receive a radio message, as over a CB radio: Do you copy?
19.
Also, cocky. Newfoundland. to leap from one ice pan to another across open water.
Idioms
20.
copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. mail1 ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English copie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cōpia abundance, something copied, Latin: wealth, abundance; see copious; (def 16) originally a children's game, from the phrase copy the leader

precopy, noun, plural precopies, verb (used with object), precopied, precopying.
recopy, verb (used with object), recopied, recopying.
uncopied, adjective
well-copied, adjective


1. duplicate, carbon, facsimile. 14. See imitate.


14. originate.
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copy (ˈkɒpɪ)
 
n , pl copies
1.  an imitation or reproduction of an original
2.  a single specimen of something that occurs in a multiple edition, such as a book, article, etc
3.  a.  matter to be reproduced in print
 b.  written matter or text as distinct from graphic material in books, newspapers, etc
4.  the words used to present a promotional message in an advertisement
5.  informal journalism suitable material for an article or story: disasters are always good copy
6.  archaic a model to be copied, esp an example of penmanship
 
vb (when tr, often foll by out) , copies, copies, copying, copied
7.  to make a copy or reproduction of (an original)
8.  (tr) to imitate as a model
9.  (intr) to imitate unfairly
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin cōpia an imitation, something copied, from Latin: abundance, riches; see copious]

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copy
early 14c., from O.Fr. copie, from M.L. copia "reproduction, transcript," from L. copia "plenty, means" (see copious). Originally "written transcript," sense extended 15c. to any specimen of writing (especially MS for a printer) and any reproduction or imitation. The verb,
in the figurative sense of "to imitate" is attested from 1640s.
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