Definitions

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

  • n. An exact copy or reproduction, as of a document.
  • n. See fax.
  • adj. Of or used to produce exact reproductions, as of documents.
  • adj. Exactly reproduced; duplicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A copy or reproduction.
  • n. A fax, a machine for making and sending copies of printed material and images via radio or telephone network.
  • n. The image sent by the machine itself.
  • v. To send via a facsimile machine; to fax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A copy of anything made, either so as to be deceptive or so as to give every part and detail of the original; an exact copy or likeness.
  • transitive v. To make a facsimile of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An exact copy or counterpart; an imitation of an original in all its proportions, qualities, and peculiarities: as, engraved or lithographed facsimiles of old manuscripts, of autographs, of a drawing, etc.; a facsimile of a coin or a medal.
  • Having the character of a facsimile or counterpart; exactly corresponding or reproduced: as, a facsimile reprint of an old book; a facsimile picture.
  • Producing or adapted to produce facsimiles.
  • To make a facsimile or exact counterpart of; copy exactly.

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

  • v. send something via a facsimile machine
  • n. duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio
  • n. an exact copy or reproduction

Etymologies

Latin fac simile, make similar : fac, imperative of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots + simile, neuter of similis, similar; see similar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fac simile ("make like"), from fac ("make"), imperative of facere ("make"), + simile, neuter of similis ("like, similar"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The idea of a truly perfect simulation or facsimile is so distant from any current human experience that our intuitions presume that the experience must be flawed or “hollow” in some respect.

    Morel’s Machine

  • At some point, it will also show up in facsimile form at the Fine Lifestyles Regina website.

    Winter issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina is out!

  • Facsimile text of earlier edition printed in offset facsimile from the original pages.

    2009 September 16 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • For features, the magazines buy one-time print rights and non-exclusive web rights (the magazine appears in facsimile online).

    Winter issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina now online!

  • First you tell us the .338 or reasonable facsimile is the perfect all around gun ... now you're pretty much advocating shooting at ranges beyond 300 yards.

    The Great Overbore Conundrum

  • After well-received productions in both London and New York as well as a motion picture, this LA facsimile is a bit of a departure in that it does not benefit from any of the original cast or direction common to these prior incarnations.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • -- Ed. [126] This is a facsimile from the Old English translation; and the same, with Latin and French names, are introduced in the early editions of each language.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • This scheme is now used in facsimile transmission.

    As We May Think

  • This letter was reproduced in facsimile in St. Nicholas, June, 1892.

    The Story of My Life

  • These considerations probably weighed with him when he signed the following paper (reproduced in facsimile on the opposite page).

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

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