\ ˈfaks How to pronounce fax (audio) \

Definition of fax

2 : a device used to send or receive facsimile communications
3 : a facsimile communication

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Other Words from fax

fax verb

Examples of fax in a Sentence

She sent me a copy of her report by fax. She sent me a fax of her report.

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Many Israeli banks demand documents in person, sent by mail or by fax. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "What’s the Hot Device in Startup Nation? The Fax Machine," 21 Feb. 2019 Participants can sign up for camps online, in-person and by mail or fax, according to each park district’s website. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview, Northbrook park districts offer new summer programs," 3 Apr. 2018 For permission to republish articles in books, newsletters or for academic use, contact Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com by email info@copyright.com or by fax 978-750-4470. WSJ, "About the Newsroom," 9 Oct. 2018 Most of us have seen how regulations kept medicine in the fax-machine era for decades, and how electronic medical records are still mired in complexity. J.j. Plecs And John H. Cochrane, WSJ, "Imagine What We Could Cure," 25 Nov. 2018 Claire wore it during her lunch breaks while working in a real estate office making copies, retrieving keys, answering phones, and sending me obscene faxes at my own soulless office job. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 But real-life drama swamps him when a disgruntled screenwriter sends him threats, including one via mobile fax machine, which drive Mill to murder. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture," 5 Oct. 2018 Force for Unity, Then Disunity Facebook helped Libyans unite in 2011 to oust Moammar Gadhafi, who for decades had forbidden people to buy fax machines or even printers without official permission. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 Identical requests from the same person or group often arrived at the office on the same day or within a few days of one another via mail, email and fax. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "GBI inquiring about Atlanta police as part of records probe," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of fax

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fax

by shortening & alteration

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The first known use of fax was in 1937

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English Language Learners Definition of fax

: a system for sending and receiving printed materials (such as documents and drawings) and photographs using telephone lines
: a machine used in this system
: something (such as a document or a photograph) that is sent or received by fax


\ ˈfaks How to pronounce fax (audio) \

Kids Definition of fax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a machine used to send or receive material by facsimile
3 : something sent or received by facsimile


faxed; faxing

Kids Definition of fax (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send material by facsimile

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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