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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
First recorded in 1930-35; micro- + film
Related forms
microfilmer, noun Unabridged
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  • Instead, he sat down and read the spools of microfilm, using the projector in the sick bay.

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • On the body of the imitation Rat, he found a belt-pouch full of microfilm.

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • This correspondence is available to scholars in microfilm in the Library of Congress.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The old entries were on microfilm, stored on their spools near the reader.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • So it would be possible to read items on the microfilm itself that might not come out clear on the printed copies?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • However, he stated that he received the microfilm of the edition too late for use in his edition!

  • Is there a date of shipment which appears on this microfilm record?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He got out the microfilm reels which contained more information.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • When I tackled that double I managed to slip a microfilm capsule into his pocket.

    Daughters of Doom Herbert B. Livingston
  • Ben clicked the switch on the camera and removed a tiny roll of microfilm.

    Daughters of Doom Herbert B. Livingston
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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