verb (used with object)
  1. to transmit a facsimile of (printed matter, photographs, or the like) electronically: Fax the information to all our branch offices.

Origin of fax

by shortening and respelling
Can be confusedfacts FAQs fax
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British Dictionary definitions for faxer


  1. Also: fax machine short for facsimile machine
  2. short for facsimile transmission
  3. a message or document sent by fax
  1. (tr) to send (a message, document, etc) by fax
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Word Origin and History for faxer



1948, short for facsimile (telegraphy). The verb attested by 1970. Related: Faxed; faxing.

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