microfilm

[ mahy-kruh-film ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌfɪlm /

noun

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.

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Origin of microfilm

First recorded in 1930–35; micro- + film

OTHER WORDS FROM microfilm

mi·cro·film·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for microfilm

microfilm
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌfɪlm) /

noun

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

verb

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

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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