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 microfilm (audio) \ adjective
microfilmer \ ˈmī-​krə-​ˌfil-​mər How to pronounce microfilm (audio) \ noun

Examples of microfilm in a Sentence

Noun studying newspaper microfilms from the early 1900s
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over the years, library technology for the catalog evolved from 3-by-5 cards to microfilm and finally to the internet in the 1980s. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 The editorial openly calling for lynching was torn out of the archives before the paper was transferred to microfilm in the 1930s. Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News, 30 May 2021 Instead, Six Minutes to Midnight spends most of its 90 minutes staging oddly unexciting spy-movie scenarios, like Miller taking microfilm of the roster of a not actually secret Anglo-German friendship society. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 24 Mar. 2021 Wink and nod and wait to slip real intel with microfilm in matchbooks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Some documents have ink bleeding through from the other side of a page, while others were scanned imperfectly from microfilm, resulting in poor images. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Dec. 2020 The results of Week 99, by the way (pdf from what looks like microfilm here), were not especially classic. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 Books, periodicals, microfilm, and microfiche can be borrowed, or photocopies may be made when appropriate. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 26 Aug. 2020 Access to 1918 newspaper microfilm archives is currently limited by the closure of libraries and state archives. al, 17 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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, 8 Feb. 2018

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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 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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