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email

[ee-meyl] /ˈiˌmeɪl/
noun
1.
a system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals using dedicated software:
Communication by email is almost instantaneous.
2.
a message sent by email:
Send me an email about that idea, and I'll get back to you.
verb (used with object)
3.
to send a message to by email:
When you email me, don't forget to attach the documents.
Also, e-mail, E-mail.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85; e(lectronic) + mail1
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Examples from the web for e-mail
  • Email is still, somehow, a gummed and sealed paper mail envelope.
  • We will never share your e-mail address with other organizations unless you allow us to do so.
  • Holding one's breath unconsciously while reading an email.
  • Email allows us to transfer information quickly and saves us from having to go to a different website to stay updated.
  • Jobs by email is easy to set up and could give you a valuable edge in finding your next job.
  • Discussions about the firings took place by email outside official government channels.
  • Instead, the email client connects to the email service and sends and receives email through the service.
  • Throw in an email campaign and you're really juggling standards.
  • At the same time, an overly aggressive approach can be disastrous, trapping legitimate email as false positives.
  • The email account that you tried to reach does not exist.
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

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.

email

n.

a type of pottery design pattern, c.1877, from French email (12c.), literally "enamel" (see enamel (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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e-mail in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for e-mail

e-mail

electronic mail
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