\ 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 The traditional public-school system will be going the way of landline telephones, fax machines and typewriters. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Unwanted electronics, including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines and VCRs, will also be collected. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2021 The city will only accept certain materials for recycling: Flat-screen TVs, computer monitors, computer towers, computer accessories, laptops, tablets, printers, ink cartridges, copies, fax machines and answering machines. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 14 Apr. 2021 Customers will also need to update services and automatic dialing equipment — like fax machines, alarm/security systems and speed dialers — to account for mandatory 10-digit dialing. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2021 That includes security systems, medical monitoring devices, fax machines and the contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and other similar functions for mobile phones and other wireless devices. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 27 Feb. 2021 In body camera footage released by North Charleston, officers were told Sutherland had punched a staff member and threw a fax machine. Madeline Holcombe, Dakin Andone And Chris Boyette, CNN, 15 May 2021 Those services will include 60-minute computer sessions, access to fax and copy machines, picking up holds, returning items, and reference assistance. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Mar. 2021 The ideal home printer should be a jack of all trades, able to print, scan, copy and fax (if the now-peculiar need should arise). Dave Johnson, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Fax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fax. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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