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.

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

Examples from the Web for photostat

Historical Examples of photostat

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


    H. Beam Piper

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


    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.


    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



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