When you send an item using a fax machine, this is an example of a time when you fax.
A fax sales order.
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.
Origin of fax
- Shortening and alteration of facsimile
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).
- From facsimile, first attested 1979.