[mim-ee-uh-graf, -grahf]


a printing machine with an ink-fed drum, around which a cut waxed stencil is placed and which rotates as successive sheets of paper are fed into it.
a copy made from a mimeograph.

verb (used with object)

to duplicate (something) by means of a mimeograph.

Origin of mimeograph

formerly a trademark
Related formsun·mim·e·o·graphed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mimeograph

Historical Examples of mimeograph

  • What are the differences in a hectograph, a mimeograph and multigraph?

  • The mimeograph was the same idea in a totally different form.

  • He used to run a typewriter in college, and the convalescents could mimeograph it and sell it.

    Love Stories

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • One would have thought that printing had never been invented, nor even the mimeograph.

    Six Major Prophets

    Edwin Emery Slosson

  • So it also is in regard to the mimeograph, whose forerunner, the electric pen, was born of Edison's brain in 1877.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions

    Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

British Dictionary definitions for mimeograph



trademark an office machine for printing multiple copies of text or line drawings from an inked drum to which a cut stencil is fixed
a copy produced by this machine


to print copies from (a prepared stencil) using this machine
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Word Origin and History for mimeograph

1889, "copying machine" (invented by Edison), from Greek mimeisthai "to mimic, represent, imitate, portray," in art, "to express by means of imitation," from mimos "mime" (see mime (n.)) + -graphos, from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). A proprietary name from 1903 to 1948. The verb meaning "to reproduce by means of a mimeograph" is first attested 1895. Related: Mimeographed; mimeographing.

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