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photostat (plural photostats)

  1. (dated) A photocopy, especially one made by a Photostat machine.
  2. Positive (black on white) or negative (white on black) reproduction of printed matter or artwork made on a photostat machine, which uses photographic paper instead of a transparent negative, and uses a prism to render the paper negative readable instead of reversed.


photostat (third-person singular simple present photostats, present participle photostatting or photostating, simple past and past participle photostatted or photostated)

  1. To make such a photocopy.
    • 2008, Jonathan Nasaw, Fear Itself
      [] as soul-deadeningly, eye-strainingly, sleep-inducingly boring as going through fourteen file boxes of sloppily photostatted bank records.