facsimile

A facsimile is a copy or reproduction of something. Many parents hope their children will be facsimiles of themselves; many children have other plans in mind.

Facsimile comes from two Latin roots: facere, meaning "to make," and simile, meaning "like." Fax machines are so called because they copy and transmit facsimiles of documents, or faxes for short, over phone lines. Grammatically speaking, photocopiers also make facsimiles, but oddly enough those are referred to as copies — not faxes.

Definitions of facsimile
  1. noun
    an exact copy or reproduction
    synonyms: autotype
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    type of:
    copy
    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  2. noun
    duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio
    synonyms: facsimile machine, fax
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    type of:
    copier, duplicator
    apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material
  3. verb
    send something via a facsimile machine
    synonyms: fax, telefax
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    type of:
    telecommunicate
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
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