See also printing.chromograph hectograph. copyism 1. the practice of imitation, especially in art or literature. 2. an instance of such imitation. —copyist, n. cyclostyle an instrument for cutting stencils from which multiple copies of an original can be made. —cyclostylar, adj. diagraph a device used for the mechanical reproduction of plans, outlines, etc., on any scale. ectype an exact copy. —ectypal, adj. hectograph a copy produced by hectography. Also called chromograph. hectography, hektography a reproductive process involving a prepared gelatin surf ace to which the original writing has been transferred. —hectographic, hektographic, adj. mechanography the art or practice of producing multiple copies of an original by means of a machine. —mechanographist, n. —mechanographic, adj. pantograph a mechanical device for making copies of plans or drawings on a scale different from that of the original. —pantographic, adj. phototelegraphy the transmission of pictures, print, etc., by means of radio or telegraphy. —phototelegraphic, adj. polygraphy a device for producing copies of a drawing or of writing. —polygrapher, —polygraphist, n. —polygraphic, adj. reprography a collective term, introduced by UNESCO, for all processes of producing facsimiles of documents. voltagraphy Rare. a process for copying a pattern by means of electrolysis. xerography a process for copying graphic matter by electrostatically charging a surface in areas corresponding to the printed areas of the original so that powdered resin carrying an opposite charge adheres to them and can be fused to the surface by pressure, heat, or both. —xerographic, adj.
- Present participle of copy.
(countable and uncountable, plural copyings)
- (countable) an instance of the making of a copy
- (uncountable) the practice of making one or more copies
Variant of copy
- a thing made just like another; imitation of an original; full reproduction or transcription
- Now Rare a model or pattern, as of penmanship, to be imitated or reproduced
- any of a number of books, magazines, engravings, etc. printed from the same plates or having the same printed matter
- matter to be set in type or put on a printing plate
- subject matter for a journalist, novelist, etc.: a trip that made good copy
- the words of an advertisement, as distinct from the layout, pictures, music, etc.
Origin of copyMiddle English copie, abundance, full transcript ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin copia, copious transcript ; from Classical Latin copia, plenty: see copious
intransitive verbcopied, copying
- to make a copy or copies of (a piece of writing, etc.); reproduce; transcribe
- to make or do something in imitation of (some thing or person); imitate
- Informal to provide (someone) with a copy of a specified document, text, etc.: copy all staff members with the annual report