Definition of telefax in English:



  • 1The transmission of documents by fax.

    ‘for more information contact us by telefax’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The widespread use of telefax is more recent.’
    • ‘I was told to acknowledge receipt of them, either by e-mail, telefax or normal mail.’
    1. 1.1 A document sent by fax.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A fax machine.
      • ‘Guest services include portable telefax units, guest history program, and airport limousine and representative.’
      • ‘An electrographic printing apparatus capable of functioning as a copier, printer, and telefax machine is disclosed.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘The Addendum was also telefaxed on the same day to various leading members of Congress.’
    • ‘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 maximum of five pages excluding the cover sheet will be telefaxed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it is a telefaxed or a mailed rush request, the request will be returned.’


1940s: abbreviation of telefacsimile.