[ fak-sim-uh-lee ]
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  1. an exact copy, as of a book, painting, or manuscript.

  2. Also called fax. Telecommunications.

    • a method or device for transmitting documents, drawings, photographs, or the like, by means of radio or telephone for exact reproduction elsewhere.

    • an image transmitted by such a method.

verb (used with object),fac·sim·i·led, fac·sim·i·le·ing.
  1. to reproduce in facsimile; make a facsimile of.

  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for facsimile


/ (fækˈsɪmɪlɪ) /

    • an exact copy or reproduction

    • (as modifier): a facsimile publication

  1. an image produced by facsimile transmission

verb-les, -leing or -led
  1. (tr) to make an exact copy of

Origin of facsimile

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

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