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 Applicants can also request a hard copy of the application paperwork by calling that same number or reaching out to their regional contact program. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2022 Top bidders received the original hard copy of the play card, hand-drawn and autographed by Popovich, as well as up to four court-side tickets to a Spurs home game in the 2022-2023 season, courtesy of the San Antonio Food Bank. Eric Killelea, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2022 Where to Buy The Godfather Films on DVD and Blu-ray Prefer to own a hard copy of the classic mob pictures? Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 Successful bidders also will receive an autographed hard copy of the physical play card and a VIP Spurs experience. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Mar. 2022 Print and fill out a hard copy of the complaint form, which requires notarization before submission. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022 Stanley says the simplest solution to keep your data safe at a restaurant is to request a hard copy menu. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2022 What once came in hard copy, can be downloaded through your digital device. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 26 Jan. 2022 Now, the only officially sanctioned hard copy or digital booklets for promotion are via the org’s Emmy Magazine. Michael Schneider, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Hard copy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20copy. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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


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