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

Examples of microfiche in a Sentence

Every issue of the magazine is available on microfiche. He looked at microfiches of old magazines.
Recent Examples on the Web The envelopes were filled with newspaper clippings and microfiche that offered more glimpses into Augie’s life. Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 The display was transparent and could still overlay slides from the projector, which was upgraded to use 4×4-inch microfiche. Cameron Kaiser, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2023 Joyce hit the microfiches at the local library and filled herself in on the broad outline of the story. Benjamin Hale, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 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

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

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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