Definition of telefax in English:



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  • 1The transmission of documents by fax.

    ‘for more information contact us by telefax’
    • ‘The widespread use of telefax is more recent.’
    • ‘I was told to acknowledge receipt of them, either by e-mail, telefax or normal mail.’
    • ‘She can now choose among services such as speed post, telefax and Internet kiosks at the post office, where cranky clerks formerly sold mainly just stamps and letters.’
    1. 1.1count noun A document sent by fax.
      ‘my telefaxes and letters had not been wasted’
      • ‘Staples, clips, and rubber bands were removed for preservation purposes, and telefaxes were photocopied to acid-free paper and the originals removed from the collection.’
      • ‘The points made in the telefax concerning the discrepancy in the figures stated for ‘Phase 4 ‘and ‘Retainage’ can be seen to be valid when the contents of pages 3/707 and 3/747 are compared.’
      • ‘Calls - including the sending of telefaxes - for advertising purposes without the prior consent of the subscriber are not permitted.’
      • ‘As this is a matter of extreme importance we respectfully request your immediate attention to this telefax and that your answer could be provided within the course of tomorrow morning.’
      • ‘You will be advised by SMS if new appointments, new telefaxes, new e-mails are present.’
    2. 1.2count noun A fax machine.
      ‘a guy came to repair the telefax’
      • ‘The invention makes possible estimating and control of the printing/copying process costs through printers, telefaxes and other digital multifunctional units operating locally or in the network of any user of this equipment.’
      • ‘An electrographic printing apparatus capable of functioning as a copier, printer, and telefax machine is disclosed.’
      • ‘Guest services include portable telefax units, guest history program, and airport limousine and representative.’
      copy, reproduction, duplicate, photocopy, mimeograph, mimeo, replica, likeness, carbon, carbon copy, print, reprint, offprint, image
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[with object]usually as adjective telefaxed
  • Send (a message) by fax.

    ‘telefaxed bills of lading’
    • ‘A written probable cause statement shall be presented to the magistrate, although the statement may be verbally communicated by telephone, telefaxed, or otherwise electronically transmitted to the magistrate.’
    • ‘A financial institution may provide the required data by submitting electronic media in a compatible format, delivering, mailing, or telefaxing a copy of the data, or by other means authorized by the commissioner of human services that will result in timely reporting.’
    • ‘The Addendum was also telefaxed on the same day to various leading members of Congress.’
    • ‘If it is a telefaxed or a mailed rush request, the request will be returned.’
    • ‘A maximum of five pages excluding the cover sheet will be telefaxed.’


1940s: abbreviation of telefacsimile.