A person using a fax.
- The definition of a fax, also called a facsimile, is an image of a document that was scanned and sent electronically by a machine, or is slang for the machine used to send the image.
An electronic document that is scanned by a machine and sent electronically to another machine where it is printed out is an example of a fax.
- To fax is defined as to send documents via a machine that scans them and transmits them electronically to another similar machine after you put in a telephone number telling it what machine is the destination.
When you send an item using a fax machine, this is an example of a time when you fax.
- the transmission of graphic matter by electrical or electronic means, as over a telephone line, for reception and reproduction; facsimile
- graphic matter in the form of electronic data transmitted in this way, that has been reproduced by printing out or stored as a computer file
- a device for producing such copiesalso fax machine
Origin of fax; from facsimile
- of or for a fax
- by fax: a fax sales order
- to transmit by fax
- to send to by fax
- A fax machine.
- A document transmitted or received by a fax machine. In both senses also called facsimile.
transitive verbfaxed, fax·ing, fax·es
Origin of faxShortening and alteration of facsimile.
From Middle English, from Old English feax (“hair, head of hair”), from Proto-Germanic *fahsą (“hair, mane”), from Proto-Indo-European *poḱs- (“hair”, literally “that which is combed, shorn, or plucked”), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (“to comb, shear, pluck”). Cognate with Dutch vas (“headhair”), German Fachs (“headhair”), Norwegian faks (“mane”), Icelandic fax (“mane”), Sanskrit पक्ष्मन् (pakṣman, “eyelash, hair, filament”).
- A fax machine or a document received and printed by one.
(third-person singular simple present faxes, present participle faxing, simple past and past participle faxed)
- To send a document via a fax machine.
From facsimile, first attested 1979.
fax - Computer Definition
(FACSimile) Originally called "telecopying," it is the communication of a printed page between remote locations. Fax machines scan a paper form and transmit a coded image over the telephone system. The receiving machine prints a copy (a facsimile) of the original. A fax machine is made up of a scanner, printer and modem with fax signaling. Group 1, 2, 3 and 4 Fax standards were developed starting in 1968 and are classified by Groups. Groups 1 and 2, used until the late 1980s, transmitted a page in six and three minutes respectively. Group 3 transmits at less than one minute per page and uses data compression at 9,600 bps. The Group 3 speed increase led to the extraordinary rise in usage in the late 1980s. Group 3 resolutions are 203x98 dpi in standard mode, 203x196 in fine mode and 203x392 in super fine mode. Group 3 is the common standard, but Group 4 machines can transmit a page in just a few seconds and provide up to 400x400 resolution. Group 4 requires 56 to 64 Kbps bandwidth and needs ISDN, Switched 56 circuits or DSL lines. See fax/modem, Internet faxing and e-mail.