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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for microfilm
Historical Examples
  • He got out the microfilm reels which contained more information.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • On the body of the imitation Rat, he found a belt-pouch full of microfilm.

    The Measure of a Man

    Randall Garrett
  • The old entries were on microfilm, stored on their spools near the reader.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • However, he stated that he received the microfilm of the edition too late for use in his edition!

  • 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
  • And, above all, I cannot let him get away with that microfilm.

    Instant of Decision Gordon Randall Garrett
  • This correspondence is available to scholars in microfilm in the Library of Congress.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • And now I have on microfilm a ship that can thrust out to the ends of our galaxy.

    Perfect Control Richard Stockham
  • Then, satisfied with his information, he returned the microfilm.

    The House from Nowhere Arthur G. Stangland
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 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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