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

Origin of photocopier

First recorded in 1930–35; photo- + copier
Also called copier, copy machine, photocopying machine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for photocopier

copier, duplicator, photocopier, Xerox

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British Dictionary definitions for photocopier


  1. an instrument using light-sensitive photographic materials to reproduce written, printed, or graphic work
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Word Origin and History for photocopier

1934, agent noun from photocopy (v.).

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