email

or e-mail, E-mail

[ ee-meyl ]
/ ˈiˌmeɪl /

noun

a system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals using dedicated software: Communication by email is almost instantaneous.
a message sent by email: Send me an email about that idea, and I'll get back to you.

verb (used with object)

to send a message to by email: When you email me, don't forget to attach the documents.

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Origin of email

First recorded in 1980–85; e(lectronic) + mail1

historical usage of email

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Scientific definitions for email

e-mail
email (ēmāl′)

A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network. E-mail is asynchronous and does not require the receiver of the message to be online at the time the message is sent or received. E-mail also allows a user to distribute messages to large numbers of recipients instantaneously.
A message or messages sent or received by such a system.
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