mi·​cro·​fiche ˈmī-krō-ˌfēsh How to pronounce microfiche (audio)
plural microfiche or microfiches ˈmī-krō-ˌfē-shəz How to pronounce microfiche (audio)
: a sheet of microfilm containing rows of images of printed pages

Example Sentences

Every issue of the magazine is available on microfiche. He looked at microfiches of old magazines.
Recent Examples on the Web Projects that would have taken weeks or months of microfiche searching now can be done from my computer at home. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 An early model weighed 145 pounds and resembled a microfiche machine, with a monitor and joystick in a five-sided metal box, atop a 4-foot-tall rolling cart. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 Those records used to be stored using decades-old microfiche technology. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 Recorder Chuck Harris said the office has planned the conversion since 2013, because the office must preserve all of its documents by state statute but books dating back to 1836, microfiche and aperture cards are deteriorating with age. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021 Of course, considering the history these microfiche records were not easy to work through. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 The largest pieces of machinery are two Reagan-era microfiche readers. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, 23 Oct. 2020 Brian Edwards, commander of the special victims unit, said police are combing through microfiche police reports and old log books to try to link unsolved cases to GBMC slides. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, 27 Nov. 2019 On the subject of Georges Mandel there are some good biographies, some bad biographies (one of which was written by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy), and a host of newspaper clippings on microfiche that are barely legible. James Mcauley, Town & Country, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


French, from micr- micr- + fiche peg, marker in a game, index card, slip, from ficher to stick in — more at fichu

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microfiche was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Microfiche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microfiche. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


mi·​cro·​fiche ˈmī-krō-ˌfēsh How to pronounce microfiche (audio)
: a sheet of microfilm containing rows of images usually of printed pages

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