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1889 Edison mimeograph machine


Coined by A.B. Dick in 1889 and originally a trade name. From Ancient Greek μῖμος (mîmos), combining form mimeo +‎ -graph.


mimeograph (plural mimeographs)

  1. (historical) A machine for making printed copies using typed stencil, eventually superseded by photocopying.
    • 1910 So it also is in regard to the mimeograph, whose forerunner, the electric pen, was born of Edison's brain in 1877. He had been long impressed by the desirability of the rapid production of copies of written documents, and, as we have seen by a previous chapter, he invented the electric pen for this purpose, only to improve upon it later with a more desirable device — Frank Lewis Dyer & Thomas Commerford Martin, Edison, His Life and Inventions, Chapter 27.



mimeograph (third-person singular simple present mimeographs, present participle mimeographing, simple past and past participle mimeographed)

  1. To make mimeograph copies.
    • 1919 Even the ultra-respectable "Evening Transcript", organ of the Brahmins of culture, was down for $144 for typing, mimeographing and sending out "dope" to the country press. — Upton Sinclair, The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation, Book 4.


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