or hek·to·graph

[ hek-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈhɛk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


a process for making copies of a letter, memorandum, etc., from a prepared gelatin surface to which the original writing has been transferred.
a machine for making such copies.

verb (used with object)

to copy with the hectograph.

Origin of hectograph

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

Related forms

hec·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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British Dictionary definitions for hectograph


/ (ˈhɛktəʊˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


Also called: copygraph a process for copying type or manuscript from a glycerine-coated gelatine master to which the original has been transferred
a machine using this process

Derived Forms

hectographic (ˌhɛktəʊˈɡræfɪk), adjectivehectographically, adverbhectography (hɛkˈtɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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