[ foh-tuh-kop-ee-er ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌkɒp i ər /


any electrically operated machine using a photographic method, as the electrostatic process, for making instant copies of written, drawn, or printed material.


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Also called copier, copy machine, photocopying machine.

Origin of photocopier

First recorded in 1930–35; photo- + copier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for photocopier

/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌkɒpɪə) /


an instrument using light-sensitive photographic materials to reproduce written, printed, or graphic work
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