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hectograph

or hek·to·graph

[ hek-tuh-graf, -grahf ]

noun

  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.


verb (used with object)

  1. to copy with the hectograph.

hectograph

/ -ˌɡræf; ˌhɛktəʊˈɡræfɪk; ˈhɛktəʊˌɡrɑːf; hɛkˈtɒɡrəfɪ /

noun

  1. Also calledcopygraph 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 Forms

  • hectography, noun
  • ˌhectoˈgraphically, adverb
  • hectographic, adjective
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Other Words From

  • hec·to·graph·ic [hek-t, uh, -, graf, -ik], adjective
  • hec·tog·ra·phy [hek-, tog, -r, uh, -fee], noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hectograph1

First recorded in 1875–80; hecto- + -graph
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Example Sentences

By some unfortunate chance, I got a little double-strength purple hectograph ink on my face.

The hectograph is a device for making copies of written work.

When you have as many as you need clean the surface of the hectograph for the next time you wish to use it.

The hectograph is one of the simplest devices for obtaining duplicate copies of written work (Fig. 147).

The original copy is written with hectograph ink on smooth paper by hand, or on a typewriter, and allowed to dry.

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