an exact copy, as of a book, painting, or manuscript.
Also called fax. Telecommunications.
a method or device for transmitting documents, drawings, photographs, or the like, by means of radio or telephone for exact reproduction elsewhere.
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.
(of an image) copied by means of facsimile: facsimile mail.
(of a method or device) used to produce a facsimile: facsimile transmission.

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.
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facsimile (fækˈsɪmɪlɪ)
1.  a.  an exact copy or reproduction
 b.  (as modifier): a facsimile publication
2.  an image produced by facsimile transmission
vb , -les, -leing, -led
3.  (tr) to make an exact copy of
[C17: from Latin fac simile! make something like it!, from facere to make + similis similar, like]

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from L. fac simile "make similar," from fac imperative of facere "to make" (see factitious) + simile, neut. of similis "like, similar."
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Computing Dictionary

facsimile definition

("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.
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Example sentences
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.
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