hard copy


Definition of hard copy

: a copy of textual or graphic information (as from microfilm or computer storage) produced on paper in normal size

Examples of hard copy in a Sentence

print a hard copy of the report
Recent Examples on the Web There are also concerns about whether those who have received the vaccine can still carry the coronavirus—and, in turn, infect others—and how easily these certificates can be forged, either in a digital form or a hard copy. Stelios Bouras, Fortune, "In sun-blessed Greece, a movement to save summer emerges. It involves vaccine passports," 14 Mar. 2021 The following is an excerpt of the specific language, extracted from a hard copy of the contract Smith signed in 2017. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "With Dak Prescott’s deal complete, the Cowboys can finally see light at the end of the salary cap tunnel," 8 Mar. 2021 Other entry requirements: Visitors must complete an online Passenger Locator Card and keep the printout as well as a hard copy of their test result with them at all times during travel. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Which countries welcome American vacationers – and which are safest to visit?," 3 Feb. 2021 Landlords may send the CRP as an electronic or hard copy. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Renter still waiting for CRP form," 5 Feb. 2021 It can be purchased for $15 starting on Nov. 10 (hard copy) and soon after that in e-book form at amazon.com. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Connecticut Literary Anthology 2020 features stories, poems by 36 local authors," 11 Nov. 2020 This year’s summary cover sheet stated a complete summary is available upon request at no charge via email, a hard copy will be at a charge. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront: Questions about HOA disclosures (Part 1)," 5 Dec. 2020 Print some out, and slip a few hard copy photos into the envelope. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Kids caught in crossfire over grandparents’ disapproval of mom’s boyfriend," 29 Dec. 2020 Passengers are also required to provide documentation of their laboratory results, either as a hard copy or electronic. Jessica Firger And Eric Levenson, CNN, "CDC to require negative Covid-19 test for all passengers traveling to US from UK," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hard copy

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard copy was in 1954

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26 Mar 2021

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“Hard copy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20copy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hard copy

computers : a printed copy of a document

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Kids Definition of hard copy

: a copy of information (as from computer storage) produced on paper in normal size I need a hard copy of the e-mail message.

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