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 certain authors—Tao Lin, say—whose fiction feels of the Internet, even in hard copy. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Is the Internet Making Writing Better?," 26 July 2019 What's more, Amazon is offering over 50% off on two other versions — $13.05 for a hard copy and $15.66 for the audio CD. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey and Jeremy Roloff Just Shared Epic News About Their Book, 'A Love Letter Life'," 15 July 2019 Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers, and identify a backup method for charging your cell phone. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "PG&E says you should prepare before the power goes out," 21 June 2019 After incorporating Warren's input, the Public Leadership Institute released the final version of the handbook in December 2015 and has since distributed nearly 5,000 hard copies to state and local lawmakers. USA Today, "COPY, PASTE, LEGISLATE Progressives borrow strategy from anti-abortion groups: Use copycat legislation," 20 June 2019 This material was in both hard copy and digital form. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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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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