- 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.
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
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Examples from the Web for facsimile
A Daily Mail writer, wearing a facsimile of the dress, said it was sculpted to her body, but not restrictively so.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
But she made it clear what she had liked about him; he wasn't a WASP, or some facsimile of a Kennedy.Behind Arnold's Deception
May 18, 2011
The Bailiff of Guernsey still uses a facsimile of the original seal.The Coinages of the Channel Islands
It was written in Hebrew, and a facsimile of the knife was drawn on it.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It has been honoured by reproduction in facsimile in modern times.The Legacy of Greece
The quarto was genuine in every respect, but it was a facsimile!The Book-Hunter in London
I rummaged in the wastebasket and uncrumpled the morning's facsimile newspaper.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
- an exact copy or reproduction
- (as modifier)a facsimile publication
- an image produced by facsimile transmission
- (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 and History for facsimile
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