Definition of Xerox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzirˌäks/


1A xerographic copying process.
Example sentences
  • On the ground, LynxOS is also used on HP LaserJet printers and Xerox copiers.
  • 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.
1.1A copy made using a xerographic process.
Example sentences
  • In brief, India would be a Xerox copy of Gujarat, India would be co-opted as part of Gujarat.
  • Apparently, it has made a big stir within the company, with Xerox copies proliferating everywhere.
  • It makes the images look rough, imperfect, like color Xeroxes, but larger.
photocopy, copy, duplicate, facsimile;
dated carbon (copy), mimeograph, mimeo
1.2A machine for copying by xerography.
Example sentences
  • A friend and colleague at the university has been passing around a poster that he made on a Xerox machine.
  • A fanzine is basically a homemade cut-and-paste mag duplicated on a Xerox machine.
  • Prestige Business has become the number one dealer of Xerox copy machines.


(xerox) [with object]
Copy (a document) using a xerographic process.
Example sentences
  • On these occasions, the article has to be xeroxed and laid out on the desk for him.
  • So don't just xerox every page and try to perfectly replicate every single example.
  • She would have xeroxed articles and photographs, marking particular paragraphs and details.
photocopy, copy, run off, reproduce, replicate, duplicate
dated mimeograph


1950s: an invented name, based on xerography.

  • elixir from Late Middle English:

    The root of both elixir and Xerox is Greek xēros ‘dry’. Elixir came into English via Arabic al-'iksīr, from Greek xīrion ‘powder for drying wounds’. It was first used in alchemy, as the name of a sought-after preparation that was supposed to change ordinary metals into gold, and one that could prolong life indefinitely (the elixir of life). Xerox, a name for a copying process that uses dry powder, dates from the early 1950s. See also chemist

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