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To transcribe Morse code signals into written form.
To reproduce graphical material usually by an electrostatic device.
To reproduce information in a new location and possibly in a different form, leaving the source of the information unchanged.
A string procedure in ALGOL by means of which a new byte string can be generated from an existing byte string.
in law, an exact duplicate of the text of any document. In the USSR a notarized copy has the same legal power as the original. [13–37O-3]
copy(1) To make a duplicate of the original. See shallow copy, Win Copy between windows, Win Copy/Move files/folders and XCopy.
(2) An internal DOS/Windows command for creating duplicate disk files. The Copy command, which uses a straightforward COPY-FROM-TO format, is widely used by programmers and power users. Following are several examples:
COPY TO/FROM USB DRIVE E: copy *.* e: all files to E drive copy e:\*.* all files from E drive COPY FILES IN CURRENT FOLDER TO A DIFFERENT FOLDER copy *.gif \backupcopy sales.doc \sales COPY FILES IN ANOTHER FOLDER TO THIS FOLDER copy \images\*.gifcopy \sales\sales.doc COPY AND RENAME copy logo.png logo2.png COPY AND VERIFY copy *.gif \backup /v
There is less to type if you are already in the folder you want to copy to. For example, if you want to copy into \budgets\2012, you can perform the operation from any command prompt, but if you change to the destination folder, there is less to type, as follows:
C:\ABC>copy \xyz\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>copy \jkl\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>copy \mno\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>cd \budgets\2012 C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \xyz\*.* C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \jkl\*.* C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \mno\*.*
Xcopy for More Options
The Copy command is very useful, but the Xcopy command can copy both files and folders and create new folders on the destination disk. See Xcopy.