Definition of Xerox in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A xerographic copying process:

    ‘printing methods include acrylic printing and colour Xerox’
    [as modifier] ‘a Xerox machine’
    • ‘Not the latest Gucci shoes or Louis Vuitton handbags, but instead goods affixed with Trash's art through processes of silkscreen, Xerox transfer, etching or relief.’
    • ‘On the ground, LynxOS is also used on HP LaserJet printers and Xerox copiers.’
    • ‘The minute an original DVD hits the stands, multiple VCD copies are duplicated overnight and distributed all over Chennai with colour Xerox inlay covers and photo-manipulated graphics.’
    • ‘The company employs 250 technicians to repair Xerox photocopiers and other equipment in offices in Melbourne and Sydney.’
    • ‘Jack had Xerox copies of many of his stories in the pencil phase, and the TwoMorrows company is now engaged in a most worthwhile project, which is to preserve and restore those Xeroxes.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A copy made using the Xerox process.
      • ‘In brief, India would be a Xerox copy of Gujarat, India would be co-opted as part of Gujarat.’
      • ‘I seek leave to table a Xerox copy of the booklet Radiation Emergency in the Port of Southampton: What to do if you live nearby.’
      • ‘The Wichita Art Museum hands out Xeroxes of visitor viewpoints.’
      • ‘As briefed, I was the only one with a chart for the IR - 301, and we ended up making Xerox copies of it for the pilot and the lone backseater.’
      • ‘This is several hundred bucks short of what an unsigned Xerox copy of just the bible sold for so maybe there's a terrific bargain to be had.’
      • ‘And we make them out of proper names Reganomics, netiquette, Xerox copy.’
      • ‘I drew this cover, and my mom and I went and made color Xeroxes.’
      • ‘C'mon, while you sort out Xerox copies tell me what happened.’
      • ‘She spends a long paragraph patiently explaining, as though to a first-year student at Columbia J-School, that it's perfectly acceptable to use Xeroxes in a news story.’
      • ‘More importantly, it is reproduced from Xeroxes of Jack's original pencil art, not from the version that was lettered and inked by others, thereby giving you Kirby in its purest form.’
      • ‘On the window of the office was an 11 x 17 inch xerox copy (shrunk to a tenth of the actual size) showing the location of every plot.’
      • ‘In Moravia, comedy often takes the form of characters perceiving that their minds are filled with the spoofs of ideas, the Xeroxes of originality.’
      • ‘On it is a Xerox transfer of the image of a Buddhist monk, a drawing of cartoonlike body parts and a screen-covered landscape.’
      • ‘He's not a bad actor, though he seems to have all the charisma of a Xerox copy of you (and Keanu, while I really like you, I can't say that you're the most personable guy on the planet).’
      • ‘And if the applicant was also seeking a scholarship, it was another thick form with more letters and income tax xerox copies to check.’
      • ‘And what happens when the industry is flooded with cheap fly by night Cloning Clinics producing substandard clones, like Xeroxes without any toner?’
      • ‘She'd stopped shaking too… until I handed her Xeroxes of the front page story and Juli Farrell's photo.’
      • ‘Apparently, it has made a big stir within the company, with Xerox copies proliferating everywhere.’
      • ‘He took several shots quite rapidly, just seconds apart, and turned the images into Xeroxes, which he stapled together into pamphlets, to be mailed to friends.’
      • ‘It makes the images look rough, imperfect, like color Xeroxes, but larger.’
      • ‘I have seen Xerox copies, most cut and paste from other sources.’
      • ‘Brian Alcas asked his sister while holding xeroxed copies of the witness report and the crime scene report.’
      • ‘To me, they are the audio equivalent of early xerox copies or mid-eighties computer animation.’
      • ‘Teachers treasure dog-eared, third generation xerox copies of a manuscript that took ten years to reach publication.’
      photocopy, copy, carbon copy, duplicate, replica, reproduction, reprint, facsimile, mimeograph, mimeo
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    2. 1.2[count noun] A machine for copying by xerography.
      • ‘Say I install a Xerox machine in the library and I put a note on the front door of my home saying the door's open, come on in, anything you like in my library you can copy it, then just put it back.’
      • ‘The software for control described here has been deployed in Xerox high-end printers for the last five years.’
      • ‘I didn't know that Xerox machines could also staple.’
      • ‘The early Xerox machines had a nasty tendency to catch fire.’
      • ‘Prestige Business has become the number one dealer of Xerox copy machines.’
      • ‘Anybody who has access to a Xerox machine, a Super - 8 camera, which you can get at flea markets, can participate.’
      • ‘No self-respecting physicist goes to an actual library any more, much less uses a Xerox machine.’
      • ‘J. Edgar Hoover was a champion at that, long before the information age or computers or Xeroxes or even electric typewriters, this is a man who had all the information.’
      • ‘Desktop-published words with black & white photos reproduced on a Xerox with a halftone screen.’
      • ‘Using a combination of paper, toner, and special software, Xerox printers can embed any desired image - a picture, fingerprint, or signature, say - onto a glossy paper surface.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, Xerox machines were not for him, and he moved on, joining a start-up business - backed by Warner and American Express - that was launching a music channel called MTV.’
      • ‘A fanzine is basically a homemade cut-and-paste mag duplicated on a Xerox machine.’
      • ‘A friend and colleague at the university has been passing around a poster that he made on a Xerox machine.’
      • ‘However, the IAF is not going to turn away a Chinese speaker who traveled 5000 kilometers to the conference just because he has no access to a Xerox machine in his home country and only speaks Mandarin.’
      • ‘The inexpensive copiers couldn't do nearly as much as the big Xerox machines of the time, but they made desktop copying available to small businesses that couldn't afford a Xerox.’
      • ‘Photoreceptors are a key component in Xerox machines, and the technology for making photoreceptors is evolving around polymer electronics, instead of semiconductors such as silicon.’
      • ‘Where would we be if it was demonstrated that gay studies graduates can't make change or operate a Xerox machine?’
      • ‘By day she works as an office temp running a Xerox machine in the TD Centre.’
      • ‘But employers have to grant employees some trust degree of trust, otherwise we may as well remove all Xerox machines from the premises, too.’
      • ‘In the days before xerox machines, a carbon copy was the best way of replicating a piece of writing.’
      • ‘Harmony asked Tasty Muffin, who was standing beside the ten-year-old Xerox copy machine.’
      • ‘And maybe they also found an ancient Xerox machine in that shed, all splintery wood and rusted iron gears, and used it to run off the ghostly, barely-there text in their one sheet.’
      • ‘These watermelon stickers are printed from a photo of a real seedless watermelon and are printed on a Xerox 6060 digital color press.’
      • ‘The PSR - Physicians for Social Responsibility - donated us a Xerox, a fax and a computer.’
      • ‘Deliberately eschewing the slick presentation and commercial values of much contemporary art, he demonstrates what can be done with a Xerox machine and a low-budget print shop.’
      • ‘In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s a handful of companies exerted ironclad control over the movie, radio and record businesses; Xeroxes and tape recorders were nonexistent.’
      • ‘Kroto and Smalley made their own models, and then, using a Xerox machine, enlarged Polaroid images of those models and traced their outlines.’
      • ‘Thousands of sheets of white, letter-size paper carpeted the gallery floor, as though deposited by an exploding Xerox machine.’
      • ‘The 1970s brought video cassettes and, when the price of Xerox machines went down, greater use of photocopied handouts.’


  • Copy (a document) by the Xerox process:

    ‘I shall have the typescript xeroxed today’
    ‘a xeroxed newspaper article’
    • ‘Well, we started it in the Fall of 1988, we just got xeroxed contracts of all their territories that were sold through Alexander Beck Enterprises for ‘Deadbeat at Dawn.’’
    • ‘On these occasions, the article has to be xeroxed and laid out on the desk for him.’
    • ‘I xeroxed the icons out of Print magazine and carefully reduced the size for better magnetization - but unfortunately my glue destroys toner.’
    • ‘People were xeroxing their notes from trips, and you could find them in cafés in Tel Aviv or on university bulletin boards.’
    • ‘Like the many people who xeroxed their body parts for fun, or used a copy machine for art, Matson discovered that the scanning eye stick was far better at depth that was assumed.’
    • ‘Bakshi's who wrote the book will be choked with tears when they learn that someone is actually xeroxing their tripe, an honour usually reserved for foreign authors only.’
    • ‘So we kissed him goodbye, took off, and Mr. B. dropped me off at school… where I quickly re-read the essay I'd assigned the grad students, xeroxed their syllabi, and taught my first ever grad course!’
    • ‘When our 17-member group checked in to the Hotel Lisboa, our passports were xeroxed as a precaution the government has adopted against gambling with public money.’
    • ‘We cut paper up into strips and squares, annoyed the guy at the copy shop, xeroxed the puzzle a few times and agonized over it for the better part of a night, finally getting the picture figured out around 8 am.’
    • ‘But before xeroxing the format to Survivor or Big Brother, shouldn't our production houses look at creatively capturing the Indian milieu?’
    • ‘In fact, they just xeroxed an invitation from another country and sent it to us without an addressee.’
    • ‘So don't just xerox every page and try to perfectly replicate every single example.’
    • ‘I see no point in the document being tabled so that it can be xeroxed so that other members can have it and the Minister can have it back, if then the deputy leader of National is going to sit there reading it.’
    • ‘She would have xeroxed articles and photographs, marking particular paragraphs and details.’
    • ‘What if someone xeroxed your book and was handing it out for free on street corners?’
    • ‘She gave me a folder stuffed with pamphlets and xeroxed copies of newspaper and magazine articles, along with the card belonging to the geneticist.’
    • ‘‘What were you thinking? ‘she said, handing me back my F. She had handwritten and xeroxed the poem on the test.’’
    • ‘It's certainly possible that the difference between these two memos is little more than the difference between xeroxing it or slapping another date at the top.’
    • ‘As she Xeroxes another copy, she chastises herself for thinking such silly thoughts for nothing of the sort could happen to her.’
    • ‘True, the set's opener, ‘Urban Serenade’, does have Air's distinctive chilled science stamped firmly upon it, but little else here comes close to xeroxing their ‘sound’.’
    photocopy, copy, duplicate, replicate, make a replica of, make a facsimile of, reproduce, photostat, mimeograph, mimeo, print, run off
    make a xerox of
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1950s: an invented name, based on xerography.