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hard copy

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noun
  1. copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
  2. copy that is finished and ready for the printer.
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Origin of hard copy

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Related formshard-cop·y, adjective
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  • Please note that the hard-copy book used to create this ebook was not in the best condition.

    The Countess of Charny

    Alexandre Dumas (pere)


British Dictionary definitions for hard copy

hard copy

noun
  1. computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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