[ 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.

verb (used with object), fac·sim·i·led, fac·sim·i·le·ing.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for facsimile

/ (fækˈsɪmɪlɪ) /


  1. an exact copy or reproduction
  2. (as modifier)a facsimile publication
an image produced by facsimile transmission

verb -les, -leing or -led

(tr) to make an exact copy of

Word Origin for facsimile

C17: from Latin fac simile! make something like it!, from facere to make + similis similar, like
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