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mi·​cro·​film ˈmī-krə-ˌfilm How to pronounce microfilm (audio)
: a film bearing a photographic record on a reduced scale of printed or other graphic matter


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microfilmed; microfilming; microfilms

transitive verb

: to reproduce on microfilm
microfilmable adjective
microfilmer noun

Example Sentences

Noun studying newspaper microfilms from the early 1900s
Recent Examples on the Web
Adkins said the archivists also clean up the microfilm during the digitization process, eliminating duplicate pages and reorienting upside-down pages. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2022 While Perpetual was happy to secure rare artifacts, what kept paying the salaries of its armed guards was the business of storing corporate microfilm and computer records. WIRED, 19 Aug. 2022 Although the bureau was dismantled in 1872, the records were stored at the National Archives and put on microfilm in the 1970s. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 In the archives of the St. Louis Public Library, stored on microfilm, Grothaus found the Post-Dispatch TV listings for May 18. Chris Pomorski, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 Farley found the name while looking through microfilm of old newspapers at the library. Longreads, 12 Aug. 2021 Desperate to get the microfilm, Joey offers hundreds to find Skip, but Moe won’t say. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 Unbeknownst to him, Skip has pilfered a piece of microfilm that contains a scientific formula. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 One hundred and fifty years later, the lessons learned from their destruction and recreation could prove crucial as property records are lost to deteriorating microfilm, floods or cyberattacks. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 3 Oct. 2021
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 See More

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Word History



International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use


1906, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
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 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a film carrying a photographic record (as of printing or a drawing) on a reduced scale
microfilm verb

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