Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network, as between personal computers.
  • n. A message or messages sent or received by such a system.
  • transitive v. To send (a message) by such a system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually via a network.
  • n. A message sent via an e-mail system.
  • n. A quantity of e-mail messages.
  • n. An e-mail address.
  • v. To send an e-mail or e-mails to.
  • v. To send, or compose and send, an e-mail or e-mails.
  • v. To send via e-mail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. electronic mail; a digitally encoded message sent from one computer to another through an electronic communications medium, especially by means of a computer network.
  • transitive v. to send (an e-mail message) to someone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as amel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that can be regenerated at the recipient's terminal when the recipient logs in
  • v. communicate electronically on the computer
  • n. (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that can be regenerated at the recipient's terminal when the recipient logs in
  • v. communicate electronically on the computer

Etymologies

e(lectronic) mail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of electronic mail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A snarky e-mail about boobs, in response to a snarky e-mail about boobs sent to me in response to a DIFFERENT snarky e-mail… about boobs.

    meggie816 Diary Entry

  • And this meta-data in most cases can be added automatically by the receiving applications (e.g. the e-mail client saves automatically the e-mail attachments to the disk and adds them to the �Received by e-mail� category).

    OSNews

  • I remember clearly the first time I overheard someone say the word "e-mail" in a restaurant.

    Brian Fox: Protecting Internet Democracy

  • Jurors have also listened to Mr. Rajaratnam coaching colleagues on how to create what he called an "e-mail trail" to make it appear that Galleon purchased stock based on legitimate reasons rather than illegal tips.

    NYT > Home Page

  • your name e-mail address billing and shipping addresses phone number the last four digits of your credit card number cryptographically scrambled password

    Forbes.com: News

  • And by the way, there are companies out there that still dont offer e-mail, which is mind-bending.

    Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us

  • That is true, except for e-mail, which is the most time-consuming and therefore most expensive channel for a company to offer.

    Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us

  • And with e-mail, which is checked minute to minute by a great many, that equation exploded.

    The Tyranny of E-mail

  • Web-based e-mail, which is used by more than 1 billion people worldwide, remains free because it allows host companies—such as Yahoo!

    The Tyranny of E-mail

  • I composed a quick message, but the second I hit the send button, I wanted to call the e-mail back.

    INNER CIRCLE

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