1. 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.
  2. a film, especially of motion-picture stock, on which microcopies are made.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make a microfilm of.


  1. a strip of film of standard width on which books, newspapers, documents, etc, can be recorded in miniaturized form


  1. 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.

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