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photostat

[foh-tuh-stat]
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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), pho·to·stat·ed or pho·to·stat·ted, pho·to·stat·ing or pho·to·stat·ting.
  1. to copy with this camera.

Origin of photostat

formerly a trademark
Related formspho·to·stat·er, pho·to·stat·ter, nounpho·to·stat·ic, adjectivepho·to·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for photostated

Historical Examples

  • And among the papers I have asked to have photostated will that appear?

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • May we have these photostated and then returned to you or did you make photostats?

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • They were photostated as one, and thus probably you cannot actually read either one.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Monty checked back in the astronomical handbook, and the photostated pages of the old almanac, then looked over his calculations.

    The Return

    H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire

  • Those blank pages, except as they are in proximity to pages that have some entries on them, were not photostated.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for photostated

photostat

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 or -stated
  1. to make a photostat copy (of)
Derived Formsphotostatic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for photostated

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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