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photostat

[foh-tuh-stat]
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noun
  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.
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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for photostat

Historical Examples

  • She picked up the photostat and handed it along the table to him.

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    H. Beam Piper

  • It was a photostat of what looked like the title page and contents of some sort of a periodical.

    Omnilingual

    H. Beam Piper

  • We will keep the original and we will be glad to give you a photostat for your records.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Photostat copies in the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, accessible only by special permission.

    Lincoln

    Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

  • A copy of the history not being available, this is printed from a photostat copy furnished by the Dominion archives.


British Dictionary definitions for photostat

photostat

noun
  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
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verb -stats, -statting, -stating, -statted or -stated
  1. to make a photostat copy (of)
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Derived Formsphotostatic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for photostat

n.

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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