\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In Austin, Texas, the reliance on fax machines by local health systems has reportedly extended waiting times. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Trump administration to scale back federal coronavirus testing support as cases spike across the U.S.," 24 June 2020 While computer time is limited, visitors will be able to print, fax and copy. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "More Indianapolis Public Library branches are reopening. What to know before you go.," 22 June 2020 In that election, around fifty thousand voters returned ballots by e-mail or fax, which precipitated an eighteen-month investigation by the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Why You Can’t Just Vote on Your Phone During the Pandemic," 19 June 2020 The order was especially targeted at requests made by regular mail, fax or by hand delivery. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer: Michigan's FOIA law returns to normal June 11," 3 June 2020 Halderman and Specter don't necessarily dispute the point that OmniBallot is no worse than email and fax. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Researchers say online voting tech used in 5 states is fatally flawed," 10 June 2020 Other states allow alternative forms of voting, such as email, secure server, and fax. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus infects Pentagon’s voting assistance program," 5 June 2020 For requests sent by regular mail, by fax, or by hand delivery, the normal required response time was extended to 10 business days, up from five. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer: Michigan's FOIA law returns to normal June 11," 3 June 2020 The 10 letters Britton received over the weekend included no phone number or email address for contacting the employment department to correct its mistakes – only a fax number. oregonlive, "Oregon’s new employment department chief faces thousands of unpaid jobless claims, communications fiasco, technology crisis," 2 June 2020

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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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Last Updated

29 Jun 2020

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“Fax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fax. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce fax (audio)

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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