- a camera for making facsimile copies of documents, drawings, etc., in the form of paper negatives on which the positions of lines, objects, etc., in the originals are maintained.
- a copy made with this camera.
- to copy with this camera.
Origin of photostat
formerly a trademark
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- a machine or process used to make quick positive or negative photographic copies of written, printed, or graphic matter
- any copy made by such a machine
- to make a photostat copy (of)
Word Origin and History for photo-stating
1909, a type of copying machine (trademark Commercial Camera Company, Providence, R.I.) whose name became a generic noun and verb (1914) for "photocopy;" from photo- + stat.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper