[ foh-tuh-stat ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌstæt /


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.

verb (used with or without object), pho·to·stat·ed or pho·to·stat·ted, pho·to·stat·ing or pho·to·stat·ting.

to copy with this camera.

Nearby words

  1. photoshoot,
  2. photoshop,
  3. photosphere,
  4. photospheric,
  5. photostable,
  6. photostethoscope,
  7. photosynthate,
  8. photosynthesis,
  9. photosynthesize,
  10. photosystem

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for photostat


/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌstæt) /


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

verb -stats, -statting, -stating, -statted or -stated

to make a photostat copy (of)
Derived Formsphotostatic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for photostat



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