[hek-tuh-graf, -grahf]

noun, verb (used with object)


or hek·to·graph

[hek-tuh-graf, -grahf]


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 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 hektograph

Historical Examples of hektograph

  • Forthwith he began publishing a story paper on a hektograph.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • It was written with hektograph ink and copied on a hektograph.

  • The contents were written and copies made by the hektograph process.

    The Greater Republic

    Charles Morris

  • At 12 I awake and eat the inside of my hektograph, and then lie down once more to sleep.


    Bill Nye

  • It is likewise the house where the syrup tastes like tincture of rhubarb, and the pancakes taste like a hektograph.


    Bill Nye

British Dictionary definitions for hektograph



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