Definition of mimeograph in English:



  • 1A duplicating machine which produces copies from a stencil, now superseded by the photocopier.

    • ‘At the designated time, he showed up in a subterranean Parrish office and was greeted by an upperclassman and a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘When E. Joyce Matheny produced church bulletins, she brought them to life the old-fashioned way: with a typewriter from Sears Roebuck and a mimeograph machine she believes was ‘model 410.’’
    • ‘Knowing the innate power of the press, he bought a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘Ed also wrote regularly for the series of one-shot mimeo magazines I'd begun producing, sub rosa and under cover of darkness, on a mimeograph machine I'd discovered in a broom closet at the University.’
    • ‘Which doesn't belong on the following list of business tools: mimeograph; overhead projector; flip chart; PowerPoint?’
    • ‘There were 6,000 other prisoners in the camp, and the nurses used an old mimeograph machine to start a public health campaign on the dangers of disease.’
    • ‘Because my civilian job history had included mimeograph operator for two plus years with the Civil Service Commission office in Chicago, I was assigned to work in the Publications Office - an early-day Army version of Kinkos.’
    • ‘Judy Grahn starts a mimeograph press in Oakland that becomes the Women's Press Collective.’
    • ‘In the 1960s - thanks to the mimeograph machine and the photo-offset printed paperback book - poetry was popular, glamorous, engaged, and confrontational.’
    • ‘Note 2: Beatitude was first published in 1959 on the mimeograph machine at the Bread and Wine Mission on Grant Avenue by Bob Kaufman, John Kelly and others.’
    • ‘I was alone in a room with my books on a wall and a mimeograph machine at a table nearby.’
    • ‘He finished the stencils in two hours, and, feeling a towering strength in his heretofore ordinary frame, immediately carried them upstairs to the mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘The mimeograph machine was going all the time, churning out a cross-flurry of monographs, memos and rough drafts.’
    • ‘We had a newsletter called The Roscoe Street Blues, which we ran off with a mimeograph machine.’
    • ‘One of my big complaints about Pacifica is that it is still an analog network, dealing with every fringe loon left with a mimeograph.’
    • ‘Noah published the Ark Newsletter with the mimeograph machine I used to run in the office.’
    • ‘We went from hieroglyphics to mimeographs to home computers, which allow us to mass mail letters that go something like this.’
    • ‘As Domenico takes it all in, the mimeograph crescendos into an echo of the city's roar.’
    • ‘In 1967, with $400 from an honorarium, he bought a used mimeograph machine, and with the help of poets Johari Amini and Carolyn Rodgers founded Third World Press in the basement of his Southside Chicago apartment.’
    • ‘After all, they are the original pecking-order punching bags, the bottom-of-the-esteem-food-chain freaks who are universally seen as smelling of mimeograph toner, body odor, and old corn chips.’
    photocopy, copy, carbon copy, duplicate, replica, reproduction, reprint, facsimile, mimeograph, mimeo
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    1. 1.1 A copy produced on a mimeograph.
      • ‘The second is a mimeograph typescript of the report of a military court of inquiry into the massacre, assembled at the Mater Hospital.’
      • ‘I remember the motion of the feathers on that sparrow's wings from the moment I typed this poem for publication in a mimeograph newsletter.’
      • ‘If you needed more than a handful of copies, then expensive, smelly and imperfect alternatives, like the mimeograph, were your only options.’
      • ‘The philosophy was connected to new technology - photocopies or mimeographs to dj studio sound systems and of course audio cassettes.’
      • ‘It's a mimeograph of a newspaper I put out in grade school, proving that I couldn't spell then, either.’
      • ‘Other immediate color associations which come to mind: sepia tones and oddball diner to-go cartons, goldenrod mimeographs, and the wild chartreuse decor of mid-1990s urban splendor.’
      • ‘Sometimes, you might as well be looking at a mimeograph, or a seventh-generation photocopy.’
      • ‘Carlson, frustrated at having to make endless hand copies of the patents passing through a law firm where he worked, became convinced that there was a better alternative than messy carbon paper or ink mimeographs.’
      • ‘Rather than think PowerPoint will solve this perennial problem, we need to adapt it to what we know about how people learn and not repeat the same mistakes that we made using the old purple mimeograph.’
      • ‘At least let us copy it down to save you the trouble of sending us a mimeograph.’


  • Make a copy of (a document) with a mimeograph.

    ‘a mimeographed letter’
    • ‘It was produced only as a mimeographed pamphlet in 20,000 copies, which sold for 35 cents.’
    • ‘James, a night watchman at a pork and beans factory, sold 75 of his first Abstract, a stapled, mimeographed sheet full of new statistical curios: average length of games by individual umpire, attendance by pitcher, etc.’
    • ‘I mimeographed the following Whalen poem (which I had from a letter he sent me) and passed it around.’
    • ‘Shelves and walls in Latonya's home were filled with family photographs, childlike paintings, and mimeographed school announcements.’
    • ‘That night Jo Ann Robinson, a professor at the all-black Alabama State College, and a member of the Women's Political Council went with friends to her college and mimeographed leaflets calling for a boycott of the buses.’
    • ‘I wanted to order but was finding it hard to read the fuzzy purple letters on the mimeographed menu.’
    • ‘My mom said I could probably get it mimeographed at the office, but then I wouldn't have anything to type anymore.’
    • ‘I remember Searchlight when it was mimeographed, yes mimeographed, on yellow paper.’
    • ‘Although it was very modest indeed, five or six pages mimeographed on rough paper, I believe it was this newsletter which announced the rebirth of aikido to the general public.’
    • ‘This was long ago that the reports were mimeographed and mailed, like small press catalogs.’
    • ‘They typed their flyers, mimeographed and then distributed them; they painted slogans and graffiti on prominent walls.’
    • ‘When Woody Guthrie was singing hillbilly songs on a little Los Angeles radio station in the late 1930s, he used to mail out a small mimeographed songbook to listeners who wanted the words to his songs.’
    • ‘In several of his courses, Fermi handed out mimeographed notes before each lecture.’
    • ‘When they get up to leave, you notice the little mimeographed magazine they left face down on the table.’
    • ‘Solanas mimeographed her manifesto and sold it on the streets.’
    • ‘For a decade now, former major-label hype guy Alfonso's been printing up Ralph, a free, deliciously mimeographed zine of his Beat-inspired poetry which would find its way across Canada.’
    • ‘The people disagreeing would be staying up all night at the Kinkos in Columbus, Indiana, sending a mimeographed newsletter to the handful of other right wing cranks they knew.’
    • ‘The answer is obvious: instead of crudely mimeographed newsletters, the cranks had access to talk radio and the internet, both of which expanded their audience to the point that the mainstream press felt it had to pay attention.’
    • ‘It used to take anywhere from 10 to 20 years for an idea, a notion or news or information, to rise from graffiti on a wall to mimeographed zine to the underground press to the alternative press to the mainstream.’
    • ‘Her office staff worked long hours mimeographing and mailing the lessons.’
    copy, produce a copy of, make a facsimile of, duplicate, replicate
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Late 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek mimeomai ‘I imitate’ + -graph.