- a film bearing a miniature photographic copy of printed or other graphic matter, usually of a document, newspaper or book pages, etc., made for a library, archive, or the like.
- a film, especially of motion-picture stock, on which microcopies are made.
verb (used with object)
- to make a microfilm of.
- a strip of film of standard width on which books, newspapers, documents, etc, can be recorded in miniaturized form
- to photograph (a page, document, etc) on microfilm
n.1927, coined from micro- + film (n.). The verb is first recorded 1940, from the noun. Related: Microfilmed; microfilming. A film on which miniature copies of documents are reproduced. Microfilm allows for very compact storage of books and documents.