photostat

noun
pho·​to·​stat | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌstat How to pronounce photostat (audio) \

Definition of photostat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or photostat machine : a device used for making a photographic copy of graphic matter Photostat machines, which were introduced in the early 1900s and which make copies photographically on sensitized paper, were much too expensive for ordinary office use.— David Owen
2 : a copy made by a photostat machine I showed him the photostat of my license, complete with my picture.— Robert B. Parker

photostat

verb
photostated also photostatted; photostating also photostatting

Definition of photostat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to copy by a photostat

First Known Use of photostat

Noun

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photostat

Noun

from Photostat, a trademark

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“Photostat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photostat. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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