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 The release party, held at the Arts Club in Foggy Bottom, is hosted by the editors, including poet and playwright Dwayne Lawson-Brown and former poet laureate of Takoma Park Anne Becker, and features readings from the first issue and a chance to purchase a hard copy. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Customs officers in the U.S. might, though probably won’t, ask to see an itinerary for your visit, and carrying a hard copy is advisable. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 To counter stories in newspapers and carried by television stations under the BJP government’s sway, one volunteer assembled a news bulletin every day and distributed hard copies to curious readers who queued up for them. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 On the weekends, this RHONY star will post up with her hard copy of The New York Times at the restaurant's West Village location. Currie Engel, Women's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 The movie then hit Paramount Home Entertainment as a hard copy sell-through before arriving a week ago on Amazon. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2023 People can also mail hard copies of comments to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2023-0069, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023 Grant deadline Applications for outdoor recreation matching grants for fiscal 2024 have to be submitted as a hard copy and postmarked no later than Aug. 25. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 20 July 2023 According to city officials, 525 surveys were completed online, and nine were completed with pen or pencil and then, those hard copy surveys were entered individually, as if they were done online. Jshortavon, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard copy was in 1954

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“Hard copy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20copy. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hard copy

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