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

At the time, National Enquirer editors faxed or emailed stories and printed them out, scrawling edits in pen on hard copies before sending them to other editors or reporters. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "National Enquirer’s Yearslong Dealings With Trump Lawyer Fall Under Federal Scrutiny," 25 July 2018 Before and after investments, Mr. Lampert and his team would visit stores, talk to managers, check backrooms for inventory levels and, before the internet, request hard copies of 10-Ks. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Edward Lampert, the Hedge-Fund Star Who Bet on Sears, Is Unrepentant," 17 Oct. 2018 Once booked, an itinerary and map wing their way to you in both digital and hard copies. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 But even in this digital age, many things still come in hard copy. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 This might mean organizing your computer data, hard copy files, merchandise, supplies, etc. Houston Chronicle, "Small-business Q&A: How to stay productive in slow times," 17 June 2018 Zero Waste guidelines suggest refusing such things as business cards, pens, free stuff at concerts and sporting events, fliers, catalogues, food samples in grocery stores, keychains, commemorative plastic anythings, junk mail, hard copies of bills. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "I tried reducing my trash. You can, too. Start by examining it.," 7 July 2018 The launch of the new e-filing system comes six months after the state Supreme Court granted Brown an extension to end paper submissions in Cook County, where nearly 62 percent of the county’s civil lawsuits in 2017 were filed as hard copies. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018 West Aurora put a hard copy of the letter in the mail Wednesday, district spokesman Alex Perez said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ratings website that was subject of West Aurora criticism says data will be updated this summer," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of hard copy

1954, in the meaning defined above

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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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