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.

Primary Meanings of facsimile

1.
n
an exact copy or reproduction
2.
nv
duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio
send something via a facsimile machine
Full Definitions of facsimile
1

n an exact copy or reproduction

Synonyms:
autotype
Type of:
copy
a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
2

n duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio

Synonyms:
facsimile machine, fax
Type of:
copier, duplicator
apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material

v send something via a facsimile machine

Synonyms:
fax, telefax
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail

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