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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio [syn: facsimile, facsimile machine, fax] v
1: send something via a facsimile machine; "Can you fax me the report right away?" [syn: fax, telefax, facsimile]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: by shortening & alteration Date: 1948 1. facsimile 2 2. a device used to send or receive facsimile communications 3. a facsimile communication fax verb

Britannica Concise

Device for the transmission and reproduction of documents by digitized signals sent over telephone lines. Fax machines scan printed text and graphics and convert the image into a digital code: 1 for dark areas, 0 for white areas. The code is transmitted through the telephone network to similar devices, where the documents are reproduced in close to their original form. Though the concepts for fax technology were developed in the 19th cent., widespread use did not occur until the 1970s, when inexpensive means of adapting digitized information to telephone circuits became common.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 facsimile transmission (see FACSIMILE n. 2). 2 a copy produced by this. --v.tr. transmit (a document) in this way. Etymology: abbr. of FACSIMILE

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(faxes, faxing, faxed) 1. A fax or a fax machine is a piece of equipment used to copy documents by sending information electronically along a telephone line, and to receive copies that are sent in this way. ...a modern reception desk with telephone and fax... These days, cartoonists send in their work by fax. N-COUNT: also by N 2. If you fax a document to someone, you send it from one fax machine to another. I faxed a copy of the agreement to each of the investors... Did you fax him a reply?... Pop it in the post, or get your secretary to fax it... I faxed 10 hotels in the area to check room size. VERB: V n to n, V n n, V n, V n 3. You can refer to a copy of a document that is transmitted by a fax machine as a fax. I sent him a long fax, saying I didn't need any help. N-COUNT



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