e-mail

[ee-meyl]
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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e-mail or email (ˈiːmeɪl)
 
n
1.  short for electronic mail
 
vb
2.  to contact (a person) by electronic mail
3.  to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
 
email or email
 
n
 
vb
 
'e-mailer or email
 
n

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Word Origin & History

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

email
a type of pottery design pattern, c.1877, from Fr., lit. "enamel" (see enamel).
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Science Dictionary
e-mail or email   (ē'māl')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Cultural Dictionary
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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Slang Dictionary

email

/ee'mayl/ (also written `e-mail' and `E-mail')
1. n. Electronic mail automatically passed through computer networks and/or via modems over common-carrier lines. Contrast snail-mail, paper-net, voice-net. See network address.
2. vt. To send electronic mail.

Oddly enough, the word `emailed' is actually listed in the OED; it means "embossed (with a raised pattern) or perh. arranged in a net or open work". A use from 1480 is given. The word is probably derived from French `e'maille'' (enameled) and related to Old French `emmailleu"re' (network). A French correspondent tells us that in modern French, `email' is a hard enamel obtained by heating special paints in a furnace; an `emailleur' (no final e) is a craftsman who makes email (he generally paints some objects (like, say, jewelry) and cooks them in a furnace).

There are numerous spelling variants of this word. In Internet traffic up to 1995, `email' predominates, `e-mail' runs a not-too-distant second, and `E-mail' and `Email' are a distant third and fourth.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
e-mail
electronic mail
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Example sentences
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.
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