fax

\ \ [20] Fax is a sleeper of a word. The technology of facsimile telegraphy, by which a document is scanned and its image transmitted via a telegraphic link, had been around since the 1870s, but the word fax was not invented for it (in the USA, by the simple expedient of removing the end of facsimile) until the 1940s.
\ \ Even then, faxes were not widely known about outside the world of commerce, and it was only in the 1970s that the technology, and with it the word (by now a verb as well as a noun), became an everyday phenomenon. Facsimile [17], incidentally, is simply a lexicalization of Latin fac similemake similar’.

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  • fax — fax …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • fax — [ faks ] n. m. • 1987; abrév. de téléfax n. déposé; angl. telefax, abrév. de telefacsimile ♦ Anglic. Système de télécopie passant par une ligne téléphonique. ⇒ télécopie. Envoyer un message par fax. ♢ Par ext. L appareil reproduisant la copie. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fax — (plural fax o faxes fax o faxes) sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Sistema de comunicación que permite transmitir textos escritos, dibujos o fotografías, a través del teléfono: Voy a enviar estas facturas por fax. Sinónimo: telefax …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • fax — s. n., pl. fáxuri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  FAX faxuri n. 1) Aparat electronic pentru transmiterea informaţiilor scrise prin linia telefonică. ♢ Fax modem dispozitiv care permite calculatorului să transmită şi să …   Dicționar Român

  • Fax — (Telefax) Sn telegraphierte Kopie , dazu faxen ein Fax schicken erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Kunstbildung. Internationalismus, der auf einer Abkürzung von Faksimile beruht. Mit diesem Wort wurden entsprechende Versuche schon bei der Firma Telefunken in… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • fax — [faks] n. [< FACSIMILE] 1. the transmission of graphic matter by electrical or electronic means, as over a telephone line, for reception and reproduction; facsimile 2. a reproduction produced in this way, printed out or stored as a computer… …   English World dictionary

  • fax — ► NOUN 1) an exact copy of a document made by electronic scanning and transmitted by telecommunications links. 2) the production or transmission of documents in this way. 3) (also fax machine) a machine for transmitting and receiving such… …   English terms dictionary

  • fax — Voz tomada del inglés fax abreviación de facsimile (machine o transmission) , que significa ‘aparato que permite transmitir por la línea telefónica escritos o gráficos’ y ‘documento transmitido o recibido mediante este aparato’. Se pronuncia… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Fax — [Aufbauwortschatz (Rating 1500 3200)] Auch: • faxen • Faxgerät Bsp.: • Können Sie für mich ein Fax schicken? • Haben Sie mein Fax bekommen? • Ich faxe Ihnen morgen eine Antwort. • …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • fax — (Del ingl. fax, abreviatura de facsimile, facsímile). 1. m. Sistema que permite transmitir a distancia por la línea telefónica escritos o gráficos. 2. Documento recibido por fax …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • .fax — fax,   Erweiterung für eine Datei, die ein gespeichertes Fax enthält …   Universal-Lexikon

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