[ mahy-kruh-film ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌfɪlm /


a film bearing a miniature photographic copy of printed or other graphic matter, usually of a document, newspaper or book pages, etc., made for a library, archive, or the like.
a film, especially of motion-picture stock, on which microcopies are made.

verb (used with object)

to make a microfilm of.

Nearby words

  1. microfibril,
  2. microfiche,
  3. microfilament,
  4. microfilaremia,
  5. microfilaria,
  6. microfilm plotter,
  7. microfilter,
  8. microflora,
  9. microform,
  10. microfossil

Origin of microfilm

First recorded in 1930–35; micro- + film

Related formsmi·cro·film·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for microfilm


/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌfɪlm) /


a strip of film of standard width on which books, newspapers, documents, etc, can be recorded in miniaturized form


to photograph (a page, document, etc) on microfilm
See also microfiche

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Word Origin and History for microfilm



1927, coined from micro- + film (n.). The verb is first recorded 1940, from the noun. Related: Microfilmed; microfilming.

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Culture definitions for microfilm


A film on which miniature copies of documents are reproduced. Microfilm allows for very compact storage of books and documents.

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