xerography

noun

xe·​rog·​ra·​phy zə-ˈrä-grə-fē How to pronounce xerography (audio)
1
: a process for copying graphic matter by the action of light on an electrically charged photoconductive insulating surface in which the latent image is developed with a resinous powder (such as toner)
2
xerographic adjective
xerographically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 The Xerox copier's core technology -— a process called xerography, invented by Chester Carlson — is still widely used in copy machines five decades later. David Goldman, CNN, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

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First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of xerography was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Xerography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xerography. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

xerography

noun
xe·​rog·​ra·​phy zə-ˈräg-rə-fē How to pronounce xerography (audio)
zir-ˈäg-
: a process for copying printed material by the action of light on an electrically charged surface in which the image is developed with a powder
xerographic adjective

Medical Definition

xerography

noun
xe·​rog·​ra·​phy zə-ˈräg-rə-fē, zir-ˈäg- How to pronounce xerography (audio)
plural xerographies
1
: a process for copying graphic matter by the action of light on an electrically charged photoconductive insulating surface in which the latent image is developed with a resinous powder
2
xerographic adjective
xerographically adverb

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