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[fak-sim-uh-lee] /fækˈsɪm ə li/
an exact copy, as of a book, painting, or manuscript.
Also called fax. Telecommunications.
  1. a method or device for transmitting documents, drawings, photographs, or the like, by means of radio or telephone for exact reproduction elsewhere.
  2. an image transmitted by such a method.
dropout (def 5).
verb (used with object), facsimiled, facsimileing.
to reproduce in facsimile; make a facsimile of.
Also, fax. Telecommunications.
  1. (of an image) copied by means of facsimile:
    facsimile mail.
  2. (of a method or device) used to produce a facsimile:
    facsimile transmission.
Origin of facsimile
1655-65; earlier fac simile make the like, equivalent to Latin fac (imperative of facere) + simile, noun use of neuter of similis like; see simile
1. replica, likeness. 1, 4. duplicate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facsimile
  • Wanamaker even suggested that the postal telegraph system might someday offer a facsimile service.
  • The expanded system would also provide for facsimile and computer data transmission.
  • But it wasn't good science, not even a good facsimile of it.
  • With those tools, you can make a reasonable facsimile of a decent cup of coffee.
  • If ads can recreate some facsimile of that familiarity and intimacy, they could be much more persuasive.
  • The combination of shape and photographic details should make a perfect facsimile of your visage.
  • Searchable facsimile the place of science in modern civilisation and other essays.
  • A facsimile of the first page of these blue laws is shown in the accompanying image.
British Dictionary definitions for facsimile


  1. an exact copy or reproduction
  2. (as modifier): a facsimile publication
an image produced by facsimile transmission
verb -les, -leing, -led
(transitive) to make an exact copy of
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fac simile! make something like it!, from facere to make + similis similar, like
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Word Origin and History for facsimile

1660s, from Latin fac simile "make similar," from fac imperative of facere "to make" (see factitious) + simile, neuter of similis "like, similar" (see similar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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facsimile in Technology

("fax") A process by which fixed graphic material including pictures, text, or images is scanned and the information converted into electrical signals which are transmitted via telephone to produce a paper copy of the graphics on the receiving fax machine.
Some modems can be used to send and receive fax data. V.27 ter and V.29 protocols are used.
[Details? Standards?]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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