Definition of facsimile
1 : an exact copy <A facsimile of the world's first computer was exhibited at the museum.>
2 : a system of transmitting and reproducing graphic matter (as printing or still pictures) by means of signals sent over telephone lines
Examples of facsimile in a sentence
A facsimile of the world's first computer was exhibited in the museum.
<the family resemblance is so strong that the boy is virtually a pint-size facsimile of his father>
Did You Know?
The facsimile machine (or fax machine) has been a staple of the modern office for a while now, and its name is much, much older. Fac simile is a Latin phrase meaning "make similar." English speakers began using facsimile as a noun meaning "an exact copy" in the late 1600s. In this sense, a facsimile might be a handwritten or hand drawn copy, or even a copy of a painting or statue. (Today, we also use the phrase "a reasonable facsimile" for a copy that is not exact but fairly close.) In the 1800s, people developed facsimile technology that could reproduce printed material via telegraph. Now, of course, we use telephone lines or wireless technology, and we usually call the resulting facsimile a fax.
Origin and Etymology of facsimile
Latin fac simile make similar
First Known Use: 1691
Synonym Discussion of facsimile
FACSIMILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facsimile for English Language Learners
: an exact copy
FACSIMILE Defined for Kids
Definition of facsimile for Students
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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