copy

\ \ [14] Copy has a very devious semantic history. It comes from Latin copiaabundance’ (source also of English copious), and came into English via Old French copie. In addition to its central sense ‘abundance’, Latin copia could also mean ‘power, right’, and it appears that its use in such phrases as ‘give someone the right to transcribe’ led to its application to ‘right of reproduction’ and ultimately to simply ‘reproduction’.
\ \ Cf.COPIOUS

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  • copy — I noun cast, counterfeit, counterpart, duplicate, duplication, ectype, facsimile, fake, forgery, image, imitation, impress, impression, imprint, likeness, offprint, personation, print, reissue, repetition, replica, representation, reprint,… …   Law dictionary

  • copy — copy; copy·graph; copy·ism; copy·ist; copy·man; copy·read; copy·reader; copy·right·able; mis·copy; phe·no·copy; re·copy; mi·cro·copy; pho·to·copy; copy·graphed; mi·cro·spectros·copy; …   English syllables

  • Copy — Cop y (k[o^]p [y^]), n.; pl. {Copies} ( [i^]z). [F. copie, fr. L. copia abundance, number, LL. also, a transcript; co + the root of opes riches. See {Opulent}, and cf. {Copious}.] 1. An abundance or plenty of anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copy — may refer to: to copy a word from a book to a paper or laptop or computer Copying or the product of copying (including the plural copies ); the duplication of information or an artifact. Cut, copy, and paste, a method of reproducing text or other …   Wikipedia

  • copy — n *reproduction, duplicate, carbon, carbon copy, transcript, facsimile, replica Analogous words: counterpart, *parallel: imprint, print, *impression, impress: *image, effigy Antonyms: original copy vb Copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • copy — [käp′ē] n. pl. copies [ME copie, abundance, full transcript < OFr < ML copia, copious transcript < L copia, plenty: see COPIOUS] 1. a thing made just like another; imitation of an original; full reproduction or transcription 2. Now Rare… …   English World dictionary

  • Copy — Cop y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Copied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Copying}.] [Cf. F. copir, fr. LL. copiare. See {Copy}, n.] 1. To make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copy — [n] duplicate, imitation archetype, carbon, carbon copy*, cast, clone, counterfeit, counterpart, ditto*, ectype, effigy, ersatz, facsimile, forgery, hard copy, image, impersonation, impression, imprint, likeness, microfiche, mimeograph, miniature …   New thesaurus

  • copy in — ˌcopy ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they copy in he/she/it copies in present participle copying in past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • Copy — Cop y, v. i. 1. To make a copy or copies; to imitate. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not copy well. [1913 Webster] Some . . . never fail, when they copy, to follow the bad as well as the good things.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copy — steht für: Copyschrift, eine Schriftart in der Typographie Copy Element, ein wiederverwendbarer Programmteil in der Programmierung Copy Paste , ein Verfahren zur Reproduktion von Text oder andere Daten in der EDV Copy, ein Shell Kommando in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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