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  1. 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.
  2. a copy made with this camera.
verb (used with or without object), pho·to·stat·ed or pho·to·stat·ted, pho·to·stat·ing or pho·to·stat·ting.
  1. to copy with this camera.

Origin of photostat

formerly a trademark
Related formspho·to·stat·er, pho·to·stat·ter, nounpho·to·stat·ic, adjectivepho·to·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for photo-stating


  1. a machine or process used to make quick positive or negative photographic copies of written, printed, or graphic matter
  2. any copy made by such a machine
verb -stats, -statting, -stating, -statted or -stated
  1. to make a photostat copy (of)
Derived Formsphotostatic, adjective
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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.

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