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e-mail

[ee-meyl] /ˈiˌmeɪl/
noun
1.
a system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals.
2.
a message sent by e-mail:
Send me an e-mail on the idea.
verb (used with object)
3.
to send a message to by e-mail.
Also, E-mail, email.
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British Dictionary definitions for e mail

e-mail

/ˈiːmeɪl/
noun
1.
short for electronic mail
verb (transitive)
2.
to contact (a person) by electronic mail
3.
to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
Derived Forms
e-mailer, noun
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Word Origin and History for e mail

e-mail

1982, short for electronic mail (1977; see electronic + mail (n.1)); this led to the contemptuous application of snail mail (1983) to the old system.

Even aerial navigation in 1999 was found too slow to convey and deliver the mails. The pneumatic tube system was even swifter, and with such facilities at hand it is not surprising that people in San Francisco received four daily editions of the Manhattan journals, although the distance between Sandy Hook and the Golden Gate is a matter of 3,600 miles. ["Looking Forward," Arthur Bird, 1899]
Associated Press style guide collapsed it to email 2011.

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e mail in Science
e-mail or email
  (ē'māl')   
  1. A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network. E-mail is asynchronous and does not require the receiver of the message to be online at the time the message is sent or received. E-mail also allows a user to distribute messages to large numbers of recipients instantaneously.

  2. A message or messages sent or received by such a system.


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e mail in Culture
e-mail (electronic mail)

E-mail has become one of the most widely used aspects of the Internet, because it provides a means of mass communication to almost anywhere in the world at high speed.

Note: The proliferation of spam and the transmission of computer viruses through e-mail attachments are two of the more problematic aspects of this technology.
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Related Abbreviations for e mail

e-mail

electronic mail
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