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[ee-meyl] /ˈiˌmeɪl/
a system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals.
a message sent by e-mail:
Send me an e-mail on the idea.
verb (used with object)
to send a message to by e-mail.
Also, E-mail, email. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples 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


short for electronic mail
verb (transitive)
to contact (a person) by electronic mail
to send (a message, document, etc) by electronic mail
Derived Forms
e-mailer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for email
1982, short for electronic mail (1977; see mail (1)); this led to the contemptuous application of snail mail (1983) to the old system.
a type of pottery design pattern, c.1877, from Fr., lit. "enamel" (see enamel).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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email in Science
e-mail or email
  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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email 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.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Related Abbreviations for email


electronic mail
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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