hard copy

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  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.

Origin of hard copy

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

Other words from hard copy

  • hard-copy, adjective

Words Nearby hard copy

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How to use hard copy in a sentence

  • Papers are in full-on wedding mode as the official program is finally made available in hard copy form.

    The Real Thing | Kara Cutruzzula | April 30, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The resulting etext was compared with a public domain hard copy version of the text.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale | Herman Melville
  • 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

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

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