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n. pl. cop·ies
a. An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter.
b. Computers A file that has the same data as another file: stored on the server a copy of every document.
c. One example of a printed text, picture, film, or recording: an autographed copy of a novel.
a. Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type.
b. The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement.
c. Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy.
v. cop·ied, cop·y·ing, cop·ies
1. To make a reproduction or copy of: copied the note letter for letter; copied the file to a disk.
2. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate. See Synonyms at imitate.
3. To include as an additional recipient of a written communication: Please copy me when you reply to her.
1. To make a copy or copies.
2. To admit of being copied: colored ink that does not copy well.
3. To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication: Mayday. Do you copy?

[Middle English copie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōpia, transcript, from Latin, profusion; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

cop′y·a·ble, cop′i·a·ble adj.
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the act of copying
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See also printing.

1. the practice of imitation, especially in art or literature.
2. an instance of such imitation. — copyist, n.
an instrument for cutting stencils from which multiple copies of an original can be made. — cyclostylar, adj.
a device used for the mechanical reproduction of plans, outlines, etc., on any scale.
an exact copy. — ectypal, adj.
a copy produced by hectography. Also called chromograph.
a reproductive process involving a prepared gelatin surf ace to which the original writing has been transferred. — hectographic, hektographic, adj.
the art or practice of producing multiple copies of an original by means of a machine. — mechanographist, n. — mechanographic, adj.
a mechanical device for making copies of plans or drawings on a scale different from that of the original. — pantographic, adj.
the transmission of pictures, print, etc., by means of radio or telegraphy. — phototelegraphic, adj.
a device for producing copies of a drawing or of writing. — polygrapher, — polygraphist, n. — polygraphic, adj.
a collective term, introduced by UNESCO, for all processes of producing facsimiles of documents.
Rare. a process for copying a pattern by means of electrolysis.
a process for copying graphic matter by electrostatically charging a surface in areas corresponding to the printed areas of the original so that powdered resin carrying an opposite charge adheres to them and can be fused to the surface by pressure, heat, or both. — xerographic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copying - an act of copyingcopying - an act of copying      
repeating, repetition - the act of doing or performing again
duplication, gemination - the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something; "this kind of duplication is wasteful"
replication, reproduction - the act of making copies; "Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient"
imitation - copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
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A. N
1. (= imitation) children learn by copyinglos niños aprenden por imitación
2. (Scol) (= cheating) copying will be severely punishedel que sea descubierto copiando recibirá un severo castigo
B. CPD copying ink N (for machine use) → tinta f de copiar
copying machine Ncopiadora f
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[ˈkɒpɪɪŋ] adj copying inkinchiostro copiativo
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Well, I set to work upon the copying, and executed it cleanly and well, except for the fact that, whether the devil confused my mind, or a mysterious fate so ordained, or the occurrence was simply bound to happen, I left out a whole line of the document, and thus made nonsense of it!
I immediately commenced copying them, and in a short time was able to make the four letters named.
I suppose painters will go on copying it as long as any of the original is left visible to the eye.
But she had succeeded in making it a matter of course that she should take her place at an early hour in the library and have work either of reading aloud or copying assigned her.
She began to work at once, and her hand did not tremble; on the contrary, in writing out the quotations which had been given to her the day before, she felt that she was forming her letters beautifully, and it seemed to her that she saw the construction of the Latin she was copying, and which she was beginning to understand, more clearly than usual.
Rose could not make out what it was, and her curiosity was greatly excited, for Phebe was writing with a sputtering pen on some bits of brown paper, apparently copying something from a little book.
If an organization does not require prepayment, and the requester does not prepay, the organization must receive his or her consent before providing copies when the copying and postage fee exceeds $20.
Low-end machines best suited for personal copying handle about 400 copies per month and produce 10 copies per minute.
However, that possibility alarms the recording industry, which has been championing an electronic system designed to prevent people from freely copying recorded music.
Someone reading it through Glassbooks' or Netlibrary's proprietary e-book technology--as required by the official downloadable versions-was prevented from copying any of the text or from printing it out.
It's all about 'rights management.' They want to raise a barrier to copying, and the idea of selling through a kiosk poses a challenge because they want to create each disk individually.
Under this type of license, installing and/or copying the program onto any additional computer is illegal.