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photostat

[foh-tuh-stat] /ˈfoʊ təˌstæt/
noun
1.
a camera for making facsimile copies of documents, drawings, etc., in the form of paper negatives on which the positions of lines, objects, etc., in the originals are maintained.
2.
a copy made with this camera.
verb (used with or without object), photostated or photostatted, photostating or photostatting.
3.
to copy with this camera.
Origin of photostat
formerly a trademark
Related forms
photostater, photostatter, noun
photostatic, adjective
photostatically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for photostat
Historical Examples
  • She picked up the photostat and handed it along the table to him.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • It was a photostat of what looked like the title page and contents of some sort of a periodical.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • photostat copies in the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, accessible only by special permission.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • We will keep the original and we will be glad to give you a photostat for your records.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • A copy of the history not being available, this is printed from a photostat copy furnished by the Dominion archives.

  • Now, this is a photostat, I believe, of records you have in front of you on your desk right now?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He frowned over the delicate task of starting the film, inquired offhandedly, You got the photostat of the label inscription?

    The Record of Currupira Robert Abernathy
  • How much of a job would it be to photostat all of those things?

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • As Mr. Statman has probably told you, a photostat of the counseling record is not here.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • A photostat copy can be made and placed in the other file until the true sex can be determined.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation
British Dictionary definitions for photostat

photostat

/ˈfəʊtəʊˌstæt/
noun
1.
a machine or process used to make quick positive or negative photographic copies of written, printed, or graphic matter
2.
any copy made by such a machine
verb -stats, -statting, -stating, -statted, -stated
3.
to make a photostat copy (of)
Derived Forms
photostatic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for photostat
n.

1909, a type of copying machine (trademark Commercial Camera Company, Providence, R.I.) whose name became a generic noun and verb (1914) for "photocopy;" from photo- + stat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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