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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
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  • The Bailiff of Guernsey still uses a facsimile of the original seal.

  • It was written in Hebrew, and a facsimile of the knife was drawn on it.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • It has been honoured by reproduction in facsimile in modern times.

  • The quarto was genuine in every respect, but it was a facsimile!

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • I rummaged in the wastebasket and uncrumpled the morning's facsimile newspaper.

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • Nor are its successes confined to reproduction in facsimile.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • A facsimile of a key might be quite useless; a duplicate will open the lock.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Later, in 1916, a facsimile edition of this printing was published in Chicago from plates.

    1601 Mark Twain
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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