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
With Nintendo discontinuing the NES Classic in April after 2.3 million sales, bootleggers have apparently stepped in to provide reasonable facsimiles in an attempt to satisfy what seems to be still healthy demand.
To really pay tribute to the ‘90s icon, why not opt for a facsimile of one of her signature silky satin floor-length slips with a shimmery Fleur du Mal dress.
But others say such a strategy will do little to achieve what the US insists is its main goal in Syria – destroying ISIS and keeping it (or some facsimile, perhaps Al Qaeda) from roaring back.
Imagine a bolt-on fiberglass kit that turns a modern Camaro into an inexact facsimile of a Wraith for 75 thou, car included.
A comic posed with a gruesome bloody facsimile of President Trump’s head.
Expected fielding-independent pitching (xFIP) takes what a pitcher can control — walks, hits and strikeouts — and uses the league-average home run/fly ball rate to calculate a facsimile of ERA.
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—
But there is a reasonable facsimile, a goat call, heard throughout each game.
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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
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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