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or hek·to·graph

[hek-tuh-graf, -grahf]
  1. a process for making copies of a letter, memorandum, etc., from a prepared gelatin surface to which the original writing has been transferred.
  2. a machine for making such copies.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to copy with the hectograph.
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Origin of hectograph

First recorded in 1875–80; hecto- + -graph
Related formshec·to·graph·ic [hek-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌhɛk təˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivehec·tog·ra·phy [hek-tog-ruh-fee] /hɛkˈtɒg rə fi/, noun
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Examples from the Web for hectograph

Historical Examples

  • What are the differences in a hectograph, a mimeograph and multigraph?

    Mechanical Devices in the Home

    Edith Louise Allen

  • Hectograph, hek′to-graf, n. a gelatine pad for receiving a copy and therefrom multiplying a writing or drawing.

  • The transfers of childhood provide a further simple illustration, so also does the hectograph (jellygraph).

    The Essentials of Illustration

    T. G. (Thomas George) Hill

  • Every library should have one, though it is only a home-made affair, manufactured on a typewriter or a hectograph.

  • This was carefully printed by hand and then duplicated on the hectograph and issued in lots of twenty-five copies.

British Dictionary definitions for hectograph


  1. Also called: copygraph a process for copying type or manuscript from a glycerine-coated gelatine master to which the original has been transferred
  2. a machine using this process
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Derived Formshectographic (ˌhɛktəʊˈɡræfɪk), adjectivehectographically, adverbhectography (hɛkˈtɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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