\ 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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This is a story that starts before the internet, with a fax. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Soulless author Jim DeRogatis explains the case against R. Kelly," 7 June 2019 Orders would rattle in from Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue on an old fax machine that Pamela got used from a friend. Elyce Arons, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Spade's Best Friend Pens Essay on Their Special Bond and Honoring Her Legacy at Frances Valentine," 5 June 2019 Another document posted on June 3 was a cover sheet from a fax regarding a workman's compensation claim sent to the mayor's office the week before. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Baltimore ransomware perp pinky-swears he didn’t use NSA exploit," 4 June 2019 The rivals previously used telephone and fax-like communication channels that were often shut down in times of high tensions. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Seoul says some N. Korean officials back at liaison office," 25 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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