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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 email
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • email after a phone interview to say the candidate will not be invited to campus seems fine.
  • The true syntactical model for the verbs tweet, email et al might be not be write, but tell or even say.
  • The company will update its service to close a vulnerability that puts email accounts at risk.
  • Throw in an email campaign and you're really juggling standards.
  • email is not the means by which you tell someone that you want to marry them, or that you want to fire them.
British Dictionary definitions for email

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 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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email 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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