mi·​cro·​film | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌfilm How to pronounce microfilm (audio) \

Definition of microfilm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a film bearing a photographic record on a reduced scale of printed or other graphic matter


microfilmed; microfilming; microfilms

Definition of microfilm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to reproduce on microfilm

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Other Words from microfilm


microfilmable \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈfil-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce microfilmable (audio) \ adjective
microfilmer \ ˈmī-​krə-​ˌfil-​mər How to pronounce microfilmer (audio) \ noun

Examples of microfilm in a Sentence

Noun studying newspaper microfilms from the early 1900s
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Books, periodicals, microfilm, and microfiche can be borrowed, or photocopies may be made when appropriate. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Katrina for kids? Age-appropriate hurricane books can be a great education tool," 26 Aug. 2020 Access to 1918 newspaper microfilm archives is currently limited by the closure of libraries and state archives. al, "What clergy said when influenza closed churches in 1918," 17 Apr. 2020 The idea Steve Schreiter, a co-curator of the South Milwaukee Historical Society, said the idea came after a member of the society informed him the microfilm printer and reader at the South Milwaukee Library was no longer working. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee wants to digitize its newspapers to preserve the city's history. But it needs $15,000 to do it.," 12 Feb. 2020 More than 100 rolls of 35mm microfilm containing South Milwaukee newspapers from 1892 to 2006 are currently not readable. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee wants to digitize its newspapers to preserve the city's history. But it needs $15,000 to do it.," 12 Feb. 2020 That much is evident after a recent day downtown with the microfilm machines on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The 1932 NFL championship. Indoors at Chicago Stadium. How one of the strangest — and most influential — games in Bears history changed the league.," 9 Dec. 2019 The materiality of publications made them measurable—number of books shipped and microfilm reels shot. Time, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 3 Jan. 2020 By late spring 1942, plans were set in motion to send microfilm men—and one woman—to Stockholm, Lisbon, and other neutral cities. Time, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 3 Jan. 2020 In 1965, Snowdon composed this image of the Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures—the title for the Royal Collection's head curator—peering through a microfilm, pensive and inscrutable, with one eye obscured in shadow. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Lord Snowdon’s Work Was About So Much More Than the Royal Family," 15 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His team quickly microfilmed the material and sent it to the front, where Allied artillery units could immediately use it to improve their targeting. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 Absent that microfilmed archive, maybe Donald Trump could have kept insinuating that Barack Obama had in fact been born in Kenya, and granting sufficient political corruption, that lie might at some later date have become official history. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 In 2015, the museum partnered with FamilySearch.org, the non-profit leg of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to index two million microfilmed Freedmen’s Bureau names. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Frederick Douglas’ 200th Birthday Invites Remembrance and Reflection," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of microfilm


1906, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of microfilm was in 1906

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“Microfilm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microfilm. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of microfilm

: film on which very small photographs of the printed pages of a newspaper, magazine, etc., are stored


mi·​cro·​film | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌfilm How to pronounce microfilm (audio) \

Kids Definition of microfilm

: a film on which something (as printing) is recorded in a much smaller size

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