- 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.
- a copy made with this camera.
- to copy with this camera.
Origin of photostat
Examples from the Web for photostat
She picked up the photostat and handed it along the table to him.
It was a photostat of what looked like the title page and contents of some sort of a periodical.
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
Photostat copies in the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, accessible only by special permission.Lincoln
Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
A copy of the history not being available, this is printed from a photostat copy furnished by the Dominion archives.First History of New Brunswick
- a machine or process used to make quick positive or negative photographic copies of written, printed, or graphic matter
- any copy made by such a machine
- to make a photostat copy (of)
Word Origin and History for photostat
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.