• WordNet 3.6
    • v copy make a replica of "copy that drawing","re-create a picture by Rembrandt"
    • v copy reproduce or make an exact copy of "replicate the cell","copy the genetic information"
    • v copy reproduce someone's behavior or looks "The mime imitated the passers-by","Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
    • v copy copy down as is "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"
    • n copy a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing "she made a copy of the designer dress","the clone was a copy of its ancestor"
    • n copy matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
    • n copy a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
    • n copy material suitable for a journalistic account "catastrophes make good copy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average a business document is copied 19 times
    • Copy A writing paper of a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper.
    • Copy An abundance or plenty of anything. "She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to serve his humor thus."
    • Copy An imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work; as, a copy of a letter, an engraving, a painting, or a statue. "I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the original."
    • Copy An individual book, or a single set of books containing the works of an author; as, a copy of the Bible; a copy of the works of Addison.
    • Copy Copyhold; tenure; lease.
    • Copy (print) Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type; as, the printers are calling for more copy .
    • Copy That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example; as, his virtues are an excellent copy for imitation. "Let him first learn to write, after a copy , all the letters."
    • Copy To imitate; to attempt to resemble, as in manners or course of life. "We copy instinctively the voices of our companions, their accents, and their modes of pronunciation."
    • Copy To make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; as, to copy a manuscript, inscription, design, painting, etc.; -- often with out, sometimes with off. "I like the work well; ere it be demandedAs like enough it will), I'd have it copied .""Let this be copied out,
      And keep it safe for our remembrance."
    • Copy To make a copy or copies; to imitate.
    • Copy To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not copy well. "Some . . . never fail, when they copy , to follow the bad as well as the good things."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average office document gets copied 19 times
    • n copy Abundance; plenty; copiousness.
    • n copy A duplication, transcription, imitation, or reproduction of something; that which is not an original.
    • n copy Specifically A completed reproduction, or one of a set or number of reproductions or imitations, containing the same matter, or having the same form and appearance, or executed in the same style, as an exemplar; a duplicate; a transcript: as, a copy of the Bible.
    • n copy The thing copied or to be copied; something set for imitation or reproduction; a pattern, exemplar, or model; specifically, an example of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.
    • n copy In printing, written or printed matter given to the printer to be reproduced in type.
    • n copy Right to the use of literary manuscript; copyright.
    • n copy A copyhold tenure; tenure in general.
    • n copy A size of writing-paper measuring 16 X 20 inches.
    • copy To imitate; follow as a model or pattern.
    • copy To make a copy of; duplicate; reproduce; transcribe: sometimes followed by out, especially when applied to writing: as, to copy out a set of figures.
    • copy To imitate, or endeavor to be like, something regarded as a model; do something in imitation of an exemplar: sometimes followed by after: as. to copy after bad precedents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The soundtrack to Oklahoma was the first album to sell one million copies on August 18, 1958.
    • n Copy kop′i an imitation from an original pattern, a transcript: that which is imitated: a specimen of penmanship to be imitated: the original work from which an imitation or reproduction is made: manuscript for printing
    • v.t Copy to write, paint, &c. after an original: to imitate: to transcribe:—pa.p. cop′ied
    • adj Copy protected by copyright
    • v.t Copy to secure the copyright of
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “People seldom improve when they have no other model, but themselves to copy after.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.”
  • Christopher Lasch
    Christopher Lasch
    “Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize.”
  • James A. Froude
    “Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them.”
  • Ben Johnson
    “I'll give anything for a good copy now, be it true or false, so it be news.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. copie, fr. L. copia, abundance, number, LL. also, a transcript; co-, + the root of opes, riches. See Opulent, and cf. Copious


In literature:

He took up a copy of a Cincinnati daily, and looked over its columns to see if there was any vacant position which he could fill.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
For $5 we will send two copies for one year to one address, or each copy to a separate address.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Having praised him for the sale of so many copies of my Narrative in so short a time, I entreated him to cause every copy to be disposed of.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
I communicated to his excellency that clause of my instructions for procuring arms, &c. of which he asked a copy.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
I gave him a copy, and also copies of the various resolutions of Congress, which evince their adherence to their independence.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Although the work was printed it was never published, but copies were distributed to the different members of the family.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
There were slaves whose duty it was to do nothing but copy manuscripts for their masters.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
I have the honor to enclose your Excellency a copy of a letter, which Lady Asgill has just wrote me.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
All the ornaments in the view are copied from Pompeii.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
If he had kept a copy of them he had mislaid it.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

An old worn copy of Dante,
With its faded pencil notes,
But yet from out its pages
A stern high music floats.
"An Old Copy Of Dante" by Alexander Anderson
When he writes a copy in round-hand size,
Does he cross his T's and finish his I's
with a DOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Who pussyfoots from desk to desk
with a speaking forefinger?
Who gumshoes amid the copy paper
with a whispering thumb?
"Palladiums" by Carl Sandburg
And are these then the laws that I
Must copy with a docile will?
Am I to suck each sweetness dry?
Am I to harry and to kill?
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
Thine eye with nicest care surveyed
The growth of every part;
Till the whole scheme thy thoughts had laid
Was copied by thy art.
"Psalm 139 part 2" by Isaac Watts
In short, in some respects you set
A fine example; and a few
Of those white matrons I have met
Would show some sense by copying you.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall

In news:

James Minchin Linkin Park's fifth studio album, Living Things, is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard album chart, with projected sales of around 220,000 copies this week.
The Liberal Imagination (1950), his first collection of essays, is said to have sold more than 70,000 hardback copies.
There, too, were two leather-bound copies of his PhD thesis from Scotland's University of St Andrews titled Demonology in the Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures.
Sven Hassel, a Danish-born writer whose pulp novels depicting grunt life in the Wehrmacht during World War II — drawn, he said, from his own combat experiences — sold millions of copies worldwide died on Sept 21 in Barcelona, Spain.
Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" sold more copies than any single the Beatles EVER released.
Last week President Obama's reelection campaign started selling copies of an American flag poster that replaced the flag's 50 stars with the president's well-known campaign logo.
Two Coptic Christian boys in Egypt accused of tearing up a copy of the Koran and of urinating on it have been placed in juvenile detention, a lawyer for the boys said on Wednesday.
Fan site touted the free online version offered with Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- but GameStop stripped the coupons out of copies sold in its stores.
In its contracts with the nineteen libraries now in its consortium, Google has stipulated that the "Universal Digital Copy" of digitized books it provides must be protected from non-Google Web software.
I have a copy of the first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine, Aug 16, 1954, in the mailing envelope with the uncut sheet of baseball cards inside.
For solo direct mail letters, postcards, menus and brochures, you will need to write copy, create artwork, determine your target markets and hire a local direct-mail house to facilitate each mailing.
Stalled GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is chasing rising foe Mike Huckabee in an unusual way: He's calling the most recent Arkansas governor a Bill Clinton copy.
On May 9, Apple disabled older copies of Flash Player on Snow Leopard and Lion using an update to Safari 5.1.7.
Copy this link and paste it into your aggregator (e.g.
So I dug out my copies of handouts from the Office of Graduate Studies, describing my options for publication with ProQuest (the university's publisher of theses and dissertations ).

In science:

We let kΓ(m) denote the disjoint union of k copies of Γ(m), which is a bi-partite graph with vertex set kI ⊔ kJ , where kI denotes the k disjoint copies of I , and kJ the k disjoint copies of J .
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
Copy() copies a given point list into another.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Note that for this purpose a temporary file will be used which is copied onto the appropriate Makefile at the very end (Copy()).
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This manipulation is only performed (by copying the old file to a temporary one, adding lines there and copying back) after it has been checked that the header file exist at all, and that these methods have not been implemented yet.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
By definition of iteration, there are in fact infinitely many copies of r in that expression, each copy matching at most one tree; when these copies are represented in the formula by a single sub-expression, it happens to match all those trees simultaneously.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data