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facsimile

noun fac·sim·i·le \fak-ˈsi-mə-lē\

: an exact copy

Full Definition of FACSIMILE

1
:  an exact copy
2
:  a system of transmitting and reproducing graphic matter (as printing or still pictures) by means of signals sent over telephone lines
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Examples of FACSIMILE

  1. A facsimile of the world's first computer was exhibited in the museum.
  2. <the family resemblance is so strong that the boy is virtually a pint-size facsimile of his father>

Origin of FACSIMILE

Latin fac simile make similar
First Known Use: 1691

Synonym Discussion of FACSIMILE

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing <reproductions from the museum's furniture collection>. duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing <a duplicate of a house key>. copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically <printed 1000 copies of the lithograph>. facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale <a facsimile of a rare book>. replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details <a replica of the Mayflower> but not always in the same scale <miniature replicas of classic cars>.
FACSIMILE Defined for Kids

facsimile

noun fac·sim·i·le \fak-ˈsi-mə-lē\
plural fac·sim·i·les

Definition of FACSIMILE for Kids

1
:  an exact copy
2
:  a system of sending and reproducing printed matter or pictures by means of signals sent over telephone lines

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