There are 2 definitions of fax in English:

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Syllabification: fax
Pronunciation: /faks
 
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noun

  • 1An image of a document made by electronic scanning and transmitted as data by telecommunication links.
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    • We will be able to deal with e-mail contact, electronic faxes and text messages from a mobile phone.
    • If the reporter needs to rewrite or edit the release, it is much easier to edit an electronic message than to retype a fax or a hard copy of the release.
    • The U.S. Embassy officials presented the copy of the fax at Friday's hearing.
  • 1.1The production or transmission of faxes: he received the report by fax
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    • She consults by fax on production details and quality problems (the display includes color photocopies of works in progress).
    • This time, however, it comes bouncing down the satellite phone, and by fax and email.
    • In the old days it was all done on paper: Scouts would send in reports from games in the field by mail or fax, and the reports would be filed into thick binders.
  • 1.2 (also fax machine) A machine for transmitting and receiving faxes.
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    • All of a sudden, the fax machine beeped and the document printed out.
    • Till now, you had to own a special machine - a fax machine, which was only made to send and receive faxes.
    • There needs to evidence of local demand and the supplier must have a fax machine to receive orders.

verb

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  • 1Send (a document) by fax.
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    • Almost overnight the demand for our services plummeted as customers began faxing their documents rather than sending them by courier.
    • The fax transmission details indicate that the document was faxed at 4.34 pm on 12 October.
    • It is for this reason that I did not fax this document or direct that it be faxed.
  • 1.1Contact (someone) by fax: to obtain a brochure, fax the agent [no object]: the best way to order materials was to fax
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    • Further details may be obtained by phoning or faxing him.
    • This can be a big problem especially when some less than honest fax marketing companies have been known to fake phone logs to pretend they had permission to fax people.
    • People should write to their MP rather than fax him.

Origin

1940s.: abbreviation of facsimile.

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  • Non-standard spelling of ‘facts’: food fax

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