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 (such as printing or still pictures) by means of signals sent over telephone lines
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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
Recent Examples of facsimile from the Web
Indeed, Alien: Covenant houses one of the actor's most fascinating characterizations to date, forging a pair of very real people from two frustrated human facsimiles—
Pre-Depression New York is cold and hard but oddly sanitized — more like a Harry Potter amusement park facsimile than an actual place.
Maddon meditates, laughs at himself, digs beatnik jive and many days offers a reasonable and entertaining facsimile of Jack Kerouac in cleats.
But, like those first benchmarks totted up on pencil and paper, the S&P 500 is still a human construct—a mere facsimile of corporate America’s value.
Both are facsimiles that serve mainly to show us the richness of the original.
The rest of the production process takes place at a Smithsonian facility in Maryland, a kind of Santa’s workshop for facsimiles and exhibition scenery.
The Newsroom in their own not-quite facsimile of Sorkinese.
Don needs Megan, or some reasonable facsimile thereof.
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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: 1691See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of facsimile
FACSIMILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facsimile for English Language Learners
: an exact copy
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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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