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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 facsimiles
  • Dinosaur bones are now understood to actually be bone rather than mineralized facsimiles and many contain soft tissue.
  • It is suggested that they were thought so special in life that facsimiles of them would not do.
  • No facsimiles or mechanical reproductions permitted.
  • The instruments are plastic facsimiles festooned with brightly colored buttons.
  • The finished book will include facsimiles of every card, on perforated paper, so that readers can reshuffle them.
  • Students trained on facsimiles never see these differences among individuals.
  • No photocopies, facsimiles, or other mechanical reproductions of entries are allowed.
  • Electronic files and telephone facsimiles will not be accepted.
  • facsimiles and copies of this approval form are proof of compliance.
  • Linked bingo paper sheets or facsimiles of linked bingo paper sheets must not be included as part of a packet or package.
British Dictionary definitions for facsimiles


  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 facsimiles



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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