Definition of hard copy in English:

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hard copy

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhärd ˈˌkäpē/


A printed version on paper of data held in a computer.
Example sentences
  • By downloading the software plus Radio Waves' microwave antenna-pattern data, users are able to display microwave antenna patterns on their computer screen and print hard copies for reference.
  • Up to that point, we had been distributing the research by selling hard copies of the papers for a fee, which included a small mark up for administration, after covering the cost of printing.
  • Critera to be evaluated when deciding between hard copies and electronic versions of information has considerably changed over the course of the past ten years.

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Syllabification: hard cop·y

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